On January 1, 2022, radiology practices and hospitals that perform certain imaging services for Medicare patients will be denied payment for those services unless they submit documentation that the ordering physician has consulted a Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system. This regulation was included a few years ago in Medicare rulemaking, but its effective date has been delayed several times. As of now, there is no reason to believe it will be postponed further, so practices that have not yet taken steps to install and implement a system have a narrow window of opportunity to get ready.
An Important Deadline for Radiology Practices to Comply with the Medicare AUC/CDS Mandate on June 16, 2021
Categories: medicare, medicare reimbursement, nuclear medicine, CT imaging, MRI, CDS, radiology, AUC, referring physicians, PET, 2022 payment impact
How the 2016 Coding Changes will Affect Radiology Practices on November 23, 2015
The annual cycle of revising codes in the Current Procedural Terminology1 (CPT)® has been completed with the issuance of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule for 2016, and radiology is one of the areas most affected by the changes. The traditional radiology section of codes, 70010 – 79999, has 60 additions, revisions or deletions and there are even more when the Interventional Radiology (IR) surgical codes are considered.
Categories: radiology reimbursement, radiology coding, interventional radiology, MPFS, MRI