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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: MPFS, radiology

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

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 billing, radiology

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 reimbursement, MPFS, radiology

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 billing, radiology

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 reimbursement, interventional radiology, MPFS, radiology

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, MIPS participation, radiology

Using patient education to expedite payments in hospital-based radiology

In today’s healthcare landscape, patients are paying more out-of-pocket for services than ever before. The numbers of people with high deductible health plans and those who are uninsured have risen; often leaving patients with large medical bills and providers struggling to collect the money they are owed.

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

What the MPFS Proposed Rule for 2019 Means for Radiologists

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has combined its rule making for both the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) into one document for its 2019 proposal.  This article will summarize the elements of each area that will most affect radiology practices if they are ultimately finalized and become law later this year. 

Categories: medicare, medicare reimbursement, MPFS, Quality Payment Program, radiology, QPP

Beyond Debate: Incidentalomas and the Need for Radiology Practice Proactivity

Healthcare reform is forcing ongoing risk vs. reward debates that seek consensus on the ideal balance of cost expenditure and patient care quality. As a prime example: the issue of if and how to best handle patients with incidental imaging findings receives continued scrutiny. This Reuters article summarizing a recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) highlights the complexities inherent to developing standards of care for the major types of incidentalomas. It also reveals key insights that can be used for the benefit of radiology practices and patients alike.  

Categories: radiology value building, radiology, clinical analytics, incidental findings

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