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Reimbursement for Artificial Intelligence in Radiology is More Than Just Billable Codes on April 5, 2021

The radiology community is abuzz with talk of artificial intelligence (AI) systems that can assist physicians with image interpretation and perform other tasks. Like any new technology, it will take time before AI gains widespread acceptance due to the cost of implementation. This is analogous to the early-day PACS, where the benefits of efficiency had to be proven in order to justify the expenditure for such a costly system. Today almost all imaging is interpreted on computer systems … when was the last time anyone looked at a piece of film?

Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology, AI

Federal Programs to Assist Radiology Practices During the Pandemic on March 30, 2021

At around this time last year we were beginning to learn about the various ways medical practices could make use of federal programs to help keep them afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic. No one knew how long it would last. As time went on, we followed the changes to those programs, the new programs that became available, and the deadlines for action. Let’s review the latest federal legislation and also where each of last year’s relief programs stands today, especially the Medicare Payment Sequester that is a developing story.

Categories: medicare, radiology, teleradiology, PPP

Update on The Quality Payment Program on March 17, 2021

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) continues to be modified due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced some leeway for clinicians affected by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

Categories: radiology reimbursement, cms, QPP, COVID-19

Evaluation and Management Coding and Billing for Interventional Radiology on March 11, 2021

A radiology practice that includes interventional procedures has to be up to date on the use of documentation and coding techniques for Evaluation and Management (E&M) services. Since these CPT®[i] codes in the 99xxx range are less commonly utilized in many radiology practices, identifying circumstances where E&M services are billable, and then properly documenting and coding for them, will require a collaborative effort between interventional radiologists (IR) and their coding team.

Categories: interventional radiology, IR coding, interventional radiology billing, E&M, evaluation and management

What the New Federal Law on Surprise Billing Means for Radiology Practices on March 1, 2021

The issue of patients receiving large, unexpected medical bills from hospitals and physicians has been widely publicized. This situation, known as surprise billing, arises when a hospital or physician provides medical care to a patient but is not participating in a patient’s insurance network. We have reported on the many states that have put legislation in place to try and mitigate the problem for their own residents, but now there will be a nationwide policy thanks to recent federal legislation.

Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology, surprise billing

Small Radiology Practices Have a Narrow Window of Opportunity for Additional Provider Relief on February 23, 2021

From Wednesday, February 24 to Wednesday, March 10, practices with fewer than 20 employees will have a preferential opportunity to obtain a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), “This will give lenders and community partners more time to work with the smallest businesses to submit their applications, while also ensuring that larger PPP-eligible businesses will still have plenty of time to apply for and receive support before the program expires on March 31, 2021.”

Categories: radiology, COVID-19, Paycheck Protection Program

New Diagnosis Codes Related to COVID-19 Take Effect in 2021 on February 22, 2021

Most of the annual changes to diagnosis coding under ICD-10[i] system take effect on October 1, but other changes occur during the year. There are quite a few codes that became effective on January 1, 2021, all related to COVID-19 conditions.

Categories: radiology coding, COVID-19

Understanding the Impact of The Medicare Fee Schedule for 2021 on Your Radiology Practice on January 25, 2021

When the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule was published in December, it looked like radiology was facing a significant cut in Medicare reimbursement for 2021. Our article reported that professional component fees would drop 10-11% while global reimbursement would see a lesser impact. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) rolled back those cuts at least for 2021, although the Medicare fee schedule for radiology will likely continue to be adjusted downward in the future as implementation of the revalued Evaluation and Management (E&M) services is fully phased in.

Categories: radiology reimbursement, medicare, medicare reimbursement, MPFS, radiology

How the Consolidated Appropriations Act Will Impact Radiology Practices on January 18, 2021

The “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021” (CAA) is a sweeping piece of legislation that provides relief to individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Some of the relief provisions apply to all businesses, including medical practices, but it also contains several measures that specifically apply to medical practices.

Categories: radiology reimbursement, medicare, medicare reimbursement, radiology, surprise billing, Paycheck Protection Program

Coding Changes That Will Impact Radiology Practices In 2021 on January 6, 2021

The big news in Current Procedural Terminology[i] (CPT)® revisions for 2021 is the overhaul of the Evaluation and Management (E&M) section, reducing documentation requirements, and introducing new rules for determining the level of coding. These changes will affect interventional radiologists and radiation oncologists more than they will the day-to-day work of diagnostic radiologists. First, we will review the other non-E&M code changes affecting diagnostic and interventional radiology for 2021.

Categories: radiology coding, interventional radiology, IR coding, CPT codes, radiology, diagnostic radiology

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