Dec. 27, 2011

What is a radiologist's role in an ACO?
From June 7, 2011: Accountable care organization (commonly referred to as an ACO) is the new buzz phrase swarming the medical community. Since ACOs are still a relatively new concept, radiologists are wondering how they can play a role in an ACO.More

Teleradiology: You may be breaking the law
From Aug. 8, 2011: As technology advances and demand for high-quality, efficient healthcare increases, teleradiology continues to be a bustling field of medicine and a fertile territory for laws.More

CMS proposed rule expands multiple procedure payment reductions to professional component of advanced imaging services
From July 11, 2011: On July 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed rule addressing modifications to physician payment policies and rates for 2012. Included in the rule is a proposal to expand the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction policy to the professional component of certain imaging procedures.More

ADVOCATE is selected as new billing service provider for respected radiology practices nationwide
From May 10, 2011: ADVOCATE, the premier provider of radiology revenue cycle management services nationwide, announces that it has been awarded the exclusive billing agreements with five radiology practices. More

MMP announces annual radiology survey results
Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
From Aug. 16, 2011: Medical Management Professionals, Inc., recently conducted its 10th annual physician survey to obtain beneficial radiology industry data for practice payor mix percentages, procedure statistics, work RVUs and retirement/benefits plans from hospital-based radiology practices. Since 2001, MMP has been extracting relevant client data from its internal database in an effort to survey its clients and provide them with a state-of-the-industry snapshot. More

Zotec Partners merges with Medical Business Service, Inc.
From Sept. 27, 2011: Zotec Partners, an industry leader in medical billing, practice management and Radiology Information Systems software and services, announced it is merging with Medical Business Service Inc., one of Florida's largest and most respected medical billing companies with a 50-year history of serving hospital-based practices.More

Stark law disclosure requirement for MRI, CT and PET tests
From May 10, 2011: As of Jan. 1, physicians who furnish MRI, CT or PET services for their Medicare patients in reliance on the in-office ancillary services exception must inform the patient in writing at the time of the referral that the patient may obtain the MRI, CT or PET test from others. More

Viability of ACOs in doubt
Kaiser Health News
From Sept. 20, 2011: During the healthcare debate, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health System and Intermountain Healthcare were repeatedly touted as models for a new healthcare delivery system. Now, they have something else in common: all four have declined to apply for the "Pioneer" program tailor-made by the Obama administration to reward such organizations. More

HIPAA audits are coming: Are you prepared?
From July 11, 2011: In recent months, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Civil Rights have revved up their efforts in enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act through plans to conduct audits of covered entities and business associates.More

Diagnostic Imaging Northwest signs full practice management contract with Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
From April 26, 2011: MMP, a national firm providing billing and practice management services to radiologists and imaging centers, has been awarded a full practice management contract with Diagnostic Imaging Northwest, located in Portland, Ore. More