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HAPpenings – Our HAP Experts Share Knowledge with the Radiology Community on June 7, 2024

At the April 14 – 17 Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) PaRADigm Conference in Las Vegas, Rebecca Farrington and Sandy Coffta presented Positioning Your Radiology Group For Success. Their talk was a dive into a captivating exploration of real-world case studies from radiology groups that rode the waves of change. Whether the group soared to success or stumbled along the way, there's a story behind every strategic decision. Rebecca and Sandy unveiled the common pitfalls, the surprise twists, and the must-focus areas for crafting a winning strategy, including the informed choices that helped the groups navigate the intricacies of strategic planning.

Categories: interventional radiology, radiology

Use Caution When Billing For Remote Radiology Reading on May 22, 2024

The ability to have radiologists work at locations remote from the patient exam site can be a great boon to efficiency and turnaround time. This practice has become more prevalent with the advent of faster network connections, and it has increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic when more people began working off-site. Compliant billing for remote reading services is not always as straightforward as normal on-site billing, and radiology practices must be aware of the requirements of each payer, most especially those of Medicare and other government programs.

Categories: medicare, radiology, remote reading, place of service

How Are Radiology Practices Impacted By Annual Changes To The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule? on March 27, 2024

With passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024 (CAA 24), we finally learned the rates physicians will be paid for Medicare services during the remainder of 2024. Effective when it was signed by the President on March 9, 2024 the CAA 24 contained several provisions that benefitted physician reimbursement:

Categories: medicare reimbursement, MPFS, radiology, Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Regulatory Issues Facing Radiology Groups In 2024 on February 23, 2024

We pay a lot of attention to government regulation in healthcare, especially the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) that influences reimbursement not only from Medicare, but also from other payers since many commercial contracts are tied to the MPFS. Although it is the object of most focus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is not the only agency that regulates healthcare.

Categories: MPFS, radiology, appropriate use criteria, information blocking, No Surprises Act

2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Includes Payment Reductions for Radiology on November 8, 2023

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule for 2024, including provisions for both Medicare reimbursement and the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

Categories: interventional radiology, cms, MPFS, radiology, QPP, diagnostic radiology

How Medicaid Unwinding Could Impact Radiology Practices on October 12, 2023

During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, states were required to maintain enrollment of nearly all Medicaid enrollees as a condition of receiving a temporary 6.2 percentage point Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) increase under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). There was significant growth of national Medicaid enrollment figures due to this continuous Medicaid enrollment requirement, coupled with additional incentives for states to implement Medicaid expansion. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the combination of Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) enrollment has increased by over 23 million people between February 2020 and March 2023. However, when that continuous enrollment condition ended on March 31, 2023, Medicaid enrollment numbers started to decline. States had to resume normal operations, including restarting full Medicaid eligibility renewals and terminations of coverage for individuals who are no longer eligible. The full process could take up to a year, with the earliest removals from coverage having begun in April 2023.

Categories: cms, radiology, medicaid

Radiology Practices Struggle to Avoid Penalties in the Medicare Quality Payment Program on August 31, 2023

For many radiology practices, the idea of a positive payment adjustment for participation in the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) has been lost. Several factors have combined over the past few years to change the goal for radiology practices – it is now ‘penalty avoidance’ rather than a reward for reporting quality metrics. As we outlined in our recent review of the Medicare 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, the QPP requirements for successful participation are going to become even stricter.

Categories: MIPS, Quality Payment Program, MIPS participation, radiology, QPP, quality measures

Medicare Proposed Rule For 2024 Will Not Improve Radiology Reimbursement on July 27, 2023

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rules for 2024, including provisions for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). While not a done deal until the final rule is issued toward the end of the year, the Proposed Rule gives an indication of where CMS is headed with regard to payment policy. In recent history, even the Final Rule isn’t final because Congress has had to intervene to stave off significant reimbursement reductions. Here are the highlights of the 2024 Proposed Rule.

Categories: medicare, medicare reimbursement, radiology, QPP, Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

You Can Help Improve the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on June 5, 2023

Reimbursement under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) has been consistently reduced for as many years as most of us can remember. Most recently, the 2023 payment rate was cut another 2.08% from the 2022 level, leaving the fee schedule 7.6% lower than it was in 1998 and 11.0% lower than it was in 2008.

Categories: MPFS, radiology

How Can Radiology Networking Improve Your Practice? on March 10, 2023

A large metropolitan-area radiology group covers several departments within a hospital system. They have on-site staff daily at each location to handle all modalities, including sub-specialists to be sure pediatric, neuro, and body imaging are handled with the right expertise. They find that on some days a particular department is overloaded, while on the same day another department is slow. The subspecialists don’t always have enough work in their area to keep them busy. Lately, trying to hire enough hands in the tight radiology job market has become more and more difficult as well as costly. Unfortunately, the various hospitals do not all employ the same PACS even though they’re part of the same parent system. This group’s situation is not unique.

Categories: radiology

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