Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule:
Impact on Radiology, Part 2

By Douglas G. Smith, FRBMA, Managing Partner of Strategic Positioning & Consulting Solutions   As a follow up to our first blog post regarding the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule highlights, you will find additional information and details below: New Bundled Mammography Codes CMS will also not make any changes to the technical component (TC) […]

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Impact on Radiology, Part 2

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule:
Impact on Radiology, Part I

By Douglas G. Smith, FRBMA, Managing Partner of Strategic Positioning & Consulting Solutions   Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, which updates policies and payment rates for services provided on or after Jan. 1, 2017. CMS released the Proposed Rule for […]

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Impact on Radiology, Part I

Using Analytics to Reduce Unspecified Diagnoses

By Cheryl Loper-Fimreite, Vice President of Coding & Compliance While most physician practices and health systems implemented ICD-10 with only minor snares along the way, some groups did report a decline in productivity as coders rushed to become familiar with the new code set. Fortunately, the specialty of radiology only uses about 4 percent of […]

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Subspecialty Access in an Era of Value-Based Payment

By Bill Pickart, CEO When President Barack Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) into law, he effectively transformed U.S. healthcare into a system in which value trumps volume. With a new reimbursement framework in place, providers must adjust their business and care models accordingly. Beginning in January 2017, the […]

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The Collaboration Model: An Emerging Solution For Radiology Groups

By Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE, FRBMA, Senior Vice President As the healthcare industry continues to see widespread consolidation in the forms of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and collaborations, it has become imperative for hospital-based radiology groups and outpatient imaging centers to consider their strategy for future growth in their market. Between 2010 and 2013, the […]

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Collaboration 101: The changing competitive landscape

By Keith Chew, MHA, CMPE, FRBMA, Senior Vice President Consolidation is finally coming to healthcare. After decades of fragmentation, financial pressures, heightened competition and regulatory changes are contributing to an increase in mergers and acquisitions across the spectrum of healthcare stakeholders – payers, health systems, physicians groups and more. According to the 2014 Deloitte Center […]

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Why Satisfaction Surveys are Vital

By J. Brian Bruce, Vice President of Business Development The era of value-based healthcare is (almost) here. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed a new program that would further shift the nation’s healthcare system away from the fee-for-service payment model, and more towards value-based care. The proposed Quality Payment Program (QPP) […]

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3 Benefits of Enterprise Imaging Technology

June 21, 2016 Interoperability has been at the center of many of healthcare’s biggest advances in the past three decades. Radiology, in particular, has been at the forefront of the profession’s pursuit of a unified patient view, beginning with the development of Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) in the early 1990s. Looking ahead, as […]

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5 Essential Elements of Corporate Compliance

Federal and state regulators are aggressively taking action to rein in costs and investigate fraud in the healthcare industry. Initiatives to identify non-compliance are more intense than ever, and officials are increasingly focusing on the specialty of radiology.

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Leveraging Analytics to Lower Medical Malpractice Costs

By Bill Pickart, CEO of Integrated Radiology Partners As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, radiology groups face mounting pressures to simultaneously improve clinical care, increase their bottom line and enhance productivity. Add to the mix changing reimbursement models, better informed healthcare consumers, and rising costs, and it is easy to see why some radiology […]

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