The latest numbers from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) suggest that radiology managers continue to be concerned about reimbursement levels.
The Obama Administration's 2015 budget proposal is receiving a mixed response from imaging and radiology groups.
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance has launched a new campaign called "Imaging Forward" to highlight innovation in imaging and its impact on patient care and the delivery of healthcare.
How do we get paid? Taboo question for a doctor to ask, right? When I think about reimbursement, my head spins into a wild vortex of bewilderment and non-cohesive mush. Summarizing the problems, complaints and processes associated with medical reimbursement in a brief column is akin to teaching my 5 year-old the theory of relativity. But I know you only have three-and-a-half more minutes to read this column, so I'll stop procrastinating.
Reimbursement cuts will continue to challenge the medical imaging industry in 2014 (and beyond) and will impact all imaging centers--both freestanding and hospital-based--though some will be affected more than others depending on a variety of factors, industry insiders say.
While the overall use of CT has increased over the last 15 years or so, a study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology has found that since 2009 it has slowed among privately insured patients.
Last week, federal lawmakers finally reached a deal to permanently repeal the perennially unpopular sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The central provision of bipartisan legislation avoids a 23.7 percent reimbursement cut scheduled for April 1 of this year, and instead increases physician reimbursement rates for 0.5 percent annually for five years. This, of course, is welcome news. As the American College of Radiology has pointed out, repeated cuts in all probability had a negative impact on medical imaging facilities being able to keep their doors open, never mind continuing to offer a full range of services.
Medical imaging procedures figure prominently in a list of the high-cost, high-frequency and highly variable medical services that present the greatest opportunities to achieve healthcare savings, according to a newly published analysis.
A study out of the University of California, San Francisco, says that the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) mammography screening guidelines not only are designed to maximize patient benefit and minimize harm, but also provide a more effective use of healthcare dollars.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina won a reimbursement dispute with physicians--represented by the North Carolina Medical Society and the North Carolina Hospital Association--in which the insurer argued that radiology practices were charging double for services provided only once.