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As 2013 comes to a close, RBMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of RadCast a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


MRI payment cuts having dramatic effect on radiology groups
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
From May 14: CMS cut MRI joint codes by 30 percent, thanks to three policy changes, and more cuts are expected. Here's how the cuts are affecting practices. If you wonder why your practice has been busy but income is dropping this year, here's another place to look: MRI extremity joint codes.
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Cuts on top of cuts: 2014 Medicare rates slash CT, MR payments
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
From July 23: One of the nuggets found in the recently proposed 2014 Medicare payment rates for hospitals is a change that would slash reimbursement for the technical component of CT and MRI scans by as much as 38 percent and 19 percent, respectively.
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Bundled payments could shortchange radiology
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
From April 30: One thing is clear: The way radiologists will be paid in the future is going to change. Whether because of accountable care organizations or bundled payments, the days of fee-for-service appear numbered.
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Proposed 2014 Physician Fee Schedule does not include MPPR
Imaging Biz
From July 9: Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could have proposed creating a 50 percent multiple procedure payment reduction on the professional component of advanced imaging (as it did in 2011), or elected to expand the MPPR to all forms of imaging, it decided to drop the issue for this year instead.
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Obamacare's effect on radiology: Big, but gradual
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
From June 4: Obamacare is expected to have far-reaching effects on radiology and the rest of the healthcare delivery system, but the changes for providers are expected to be gradual, as the traditional fee-for-service structure is retained at most facilities.
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The future of the hospital-based radiology group
Imaging Biz
From June 25: As the demands placed on hospitals and health systems continue to intensify, the hospital-based radiology group will have to evolve to meet its constituents' changing needs, according to Chad Calendine, MD, CMO of Optimal Radiology Partners. "It's a story that is being written as we speak," he says.
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Radiology administrators worried about reimbursement
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
From Feb. 5: Radiology administrators are confident that their internal costs will remain constant and their practices will maintain or increase growth in the coming months, according to first-quarter 2013 data from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index. Confidence plummets over Medicare imaging reimbursement, however.
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Data-driven vs. workflow-driven choices
Imaging Biz
The influence of hospital information services on imaging IT technology decisions has been growing for several years now, as has the presence of big IT on the RSNA exhibit floor. For these companies, it's all about data management, architecture and what Dell calls application rationalization. 

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Cloud computing: Is it right for your radiology practice?
Diagnostic Imaging (registration required)
By now, you've likely heard the phrase "working in the cloud." But what does that mean to radiologists? Fred Prior, PhD, professor of radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, explained the concept at an RSNA 2013 session.

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CMS issues 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule
RBMA
On Nov. 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule for calendar year 2014 and related CMS commentary. In addition to updating payment rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, the Final Rule revises various Medicare Part B payment policies.

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New meaningful use guidance clarifies the radiology hardship exception
Imaging Biz
From Jan. 15: Many of the requirements for qualifying for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services electronic health record meaningful use incentive payments are difficult to meet if you do not have regular face-to-face interactions with your patients. This is often the case for radiologists, pathologists and anesthesiology.
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How to get a good deal in payor contract negotiations
Aunt Minnie (registration required)
From March 5: It's no secret that what radiologists want to do most is practice medicine. It's why they get into radiology in the first place. So, when it comes to billing issues and negotiating contracts with commercial insurance payors, it's no surprise they typically don't want to get involved.
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Imaging-center growth hits the wall in 2013
Radiology Business Journal
From Sept. 24: Persistent decreases in outpatient imaging reimbursement and a dramatic decline in volume finally took their toll on the imaging-center market, with a resulting 3.65 percent decline in the total number of freestanding outpatient imaging centers. This is the first contraction since the dip that followed the stock-market crash in 2009.
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