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New Proposed CMS Rule on Radiology Reimbursement Rates for 2015

December 22, 2014 by Andy Salmen

On July 3rd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (PFSP). Included are proposed payment system changes initiated by CMS to reflect government mandated reimbursement to medical practices. Radiology billing will be affected by these potential new regulations.[read more]

In Praise of FDA Collaboration: The Cardiac Safety Example

December 18, 2014 by David E Williams

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On Friday, I attended the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium meeting hosted by the Food and Drug Administration announcing the results of a new study that promises significant advances and improvements to the way cardiac safety is assessed for new drugs being developed by pharmaceutical companies.[read more]

Clinical Collaboration: The Evolution of the VNA

December 13, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Marianne Matthews, Imaging Economics

Marianne Matthews, chief editor, Imaging Economics, interviews Cristine Kao, global marketing manager, Healthcare Information Solutions, Carestream, about our new Clinical Collaboration platform and how the vendor-neutral archive (VNA) is changing, as well as some changes that Imaging Economics will be making in 2015.[read more]

2015 Digital Mammography Reimbursement: What to Know

December 12, 2014 by Andy Salmen

Radiology service providers continue to experience a rapidly-shifting professional landscape. Recently, the RBMA’s Payor Relations Committee (PRC) sent out an alert to RBMA members that warned of potential changes in the proposed rules that can have a potentially negative impact on digital mammography payments in 2015.[read more]

The Ministry of Health in Oman Moves from Analog to Digital Radiography

December 12, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Hamdan Al Nasri, Head of Radiology Services, Ministry of Health, Oman, discusses how the organization has made the switch from analog to digital radiography, and the benefits that it has experienced since the switch has been made.[read more]

Insurance Verification and Pre-certification: Two Separate Issues

December 11, 2014 by Andy Salmen

Insurance verification and pre-certification are two issues in orthopedic practices that can affect reimbursements. Implementing strategic changes in the business processes related to these areas can enhance the bottom line of any practice.[read more]

Text-Only vs. Multimedia Enhanced Radiology Reporting (MERR)

December 9, 2014 by Rich Pulvino

Radiology reporting / shutterstock

The world of radiology is evolving as technologies expand the way in which we collect, analyze, and share data. At RSNA 2014, Dr. Gelareh Sadigh shared the results of the study, “Traditional Text vs. Image and Interactive Data Embedded Multi-Media Enhanced Radiology Reporting: Referring Physicians’ Perceptions about Value.”[read more]

What's Next for "Chronic" Cancer Patients?

December 8, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

This is a pivotal time for many, many people living with blood-related cancers like chronic leukemias, multiple myeloma, lymphomas and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). We have been calling most of these “chronic cancers” lately, because new medicines have been coming out this year with many more in late stages of research.[read more]

Characteristics of a Successful Pediatric Nurse

December 3, 2014 by Declan Peltier

pediatric nurse / shutterstock

Pediatric nursing requires technical skill and a propensity for patient-centered care, as well as the resolve necessary to do the job well. Having personally been through a traumatic experience with my infant niece and observing those who cared for her, I can personally attest to the many positive characteristics these caretakers possess.[read more]

The ABCs of Specialty Pharmacy

November 12, 2014 by Abby Norman

specialty pharmacy

A new study from Medicare was able to shed some light on a rather compelling phenomenon in prescriptions – it looks like now, more than ever, specialty drugs are making the majority of pharmacy costs for patients. They project that by 2018, this very small group of drugs will comprise half of all pharmacy spending.[read more]

Will Shear Wave Elastography Make an Impact in Liver Disease?

October 15, 2014 by Jeffrey Bundy

Shear wave elastography uses ultrasonic waves to detect extremely small changes in tissue displacement, resulting in highly sensitive and reliable diagnostic images. Of the non-invasive imaging methods to diagnose fibrosis from chronic liver disease, ultrasound may be the most accurate and cost-effective option.[read more]

Orthopaedic Medicine Vital to Addressing Musculoskeletal Disorders [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 14, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Musculoskeletal disorders

The orthopaedic medicine market is one that is poised for intense growth over the next 10 years, with inpatient orthopaedic volume expected to grow 15%, and 28% for outpatient orthopaedics, according to the Advisory Board. This infographic illustrates some of the major musculoskeletal disorder trends in the U.S.[read more]