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The Importance of Accepting Electronic Payments at Your Radiology Practice

In our article Best Practices in Radiology Patient Billing, we identified a greater focus on practice billing processes as a critical element in improving patients’ satisfaction with the practice, and we encouraged practices to accept electronic payments.  According to the InstaMed Trends in Healthcare Payments Eighth Annual Report 2017 released in May 2018, “Consumer loyalty is increasingly tied to the healthcare payments experience as 65 percent of consumers would consider switching healthcare providers for a better healthcare payments experience.” 

Categories: radiology, radiology reimbursement, patient experience, patient collections, patient billing, medical billing

Review of The Medicare Quality Payment Program for 2019

With the publication of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule for 2019, which includes the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule, we can now review how radiologists can prepare to maximize their 2021 Medicare reimbursement through QPP participation in 2019.  The QPP includes both the Medicare Incentive-based Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) tracks.  Since most radiology groups are currently participating in MIPS, we will focus on steps to take for successful participation in this program.

Categories: QPP, Quality Payment Program, radiology, MPFS, MIPS, APM

What is the True ROI of Your RCM Vendor? Understanding the new math.

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Harvard President Derek Bok, et al.

Categories: radiology

The Final Rule for Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule is In Place For 2019

The final rule for the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accepts many of the proposals made earlier this year but some are modified or delayed.

 

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Categories: radiology, MPFS

Understanding the Value of RVUs in Radiology

The term “Relative Value Units”, or RVU, is used frequently these days in a variety of contexts.  RVUs form the basis for payment of physician fees by Medicare and other payers, and they can be used to measure physician productivity for a variety of purposes.

Categories: radiology, radiology value building, RVU, relative value unit, productivity

An update on Out-of-Network Balance Billing Laws Are Important for Radiologists to Be Aware Of

In September, we published the article Out-of-Network Balance Billing Laws Are Important for Radiologists to Be Aware Of about the New Jersey law that states patients receiving emergency or urgently needed services will not be required to pay any more than the deductible, copayment or coinsurance they would normally pay whether the hospital and/or its physicians are in-network or out-of-network with the patient’s insurance plan.  Here are some more pieces of information we think you should know:

Categories: radiology, radiology billing

A Review of the ACR’s Comments On The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule For 2019

The American College of Radiology (ACR) does a very thorough job of reviewing and commenting on proposed federal legislation such as the annual changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).  Their 59-page letter of September 10, 2019 to Seema Verma, Administrator 
of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is available on the ACR website for radiologists to review in detail. 

Categories: radiology, MPFS, radiology reimbursement

Out-of-Network Balance Billing Laws Are Important for Radiologists to Be Aware Of

New Jersey is the latest state to pass legislation that will affect the amount a radiology practice can collect from patients whose insurance is not accepted by the practice.  While an imaging center would be careful to work with their patients in advance of providing services, the hospital setting does not always afford that opportunity.  It is imperative that you know the laws not only in the state(s) where you practice but also to keep abreast of federal regulations that might impact your billing and collections.

Categories: radiology, radiology billing

How the Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Changes Will Impact Radiology Practices

CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is constantly on the lookout for procedure codes that it feels do not reflect the current cost or complexity of practice in their valuation.  The annual Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule modifies many codes with varying degrees of impact to radiology practices. 

Categories: radiology, radiology reimbursement, interventional radiology, MPFS

How Can Your Radiology Practice Maximize Its MIPS Score?

With the 2017 MIPS reporting year behind us, we now know that practices that achieved the highest possible Final Score of 100 points will receive 2.02% more Medicare reimbursement than the basic fee schedule for 2019.  This increase is compared with the possibility of a 4% payment reduction for practices that did nothing, and a zero-percent adjustment for practices that did the minimum amount of reporting.  In between the minimum level and a perfect score, the fee schedule positive adjustment varies on a sliding scale computed by Medicare.

Categories: MIPS participation, MIPS, radiology

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