Posts In Category "News"

How to Avoid PQRS and Value Based Modifier Penalties

  Sep 3rd, 2015   -     News   -  

Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is significantly impacting practices’ finances two ways in 2015 and beyond. Practices of all sizes can easily file PQRS quality measures to both avoid penalties and qualify for maximum incentive payments. Here’s what you need to know now to protect your reimbursements.

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Racial Bias in Healthcare?

  Aug 27th, 2015   -     News   -  

In the Aug. 11th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) an article entitled “Racial Bias in Health Care and Health Challenges and Opportunities” appeared. The article was co-authored by The Joint Commission’s medical director, Ronald Wyatt, MD, and David R. Williams, PhD. The article calls for “immediate action to address racial bias throughout the health care system.”

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The Benefits of MRSO / MRMD Training and Credentialing

  Aug 20th, 2015   -     MRI Safety, News   -  

Between the years 2000 and 2013, MRI utilization increased 114%(IMV Medical Information Division data). In that same time period, the number of MR safety incidents reported to the FDA increased 487% (FDA MAUDE database data). As a note, it is estimated than less than 20% of MR safety incidents are actually reported to the FDA. In 2002, the year after the death of 6 year old Michael Colombini in an MR accident…

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Free Webinar: MRI Safety Understanding and Eliminating Risk at Your Facility

  Aug 13th, 2015   -     MRI Safety, News   -  

AltusCampus would like to thank all the great healthcare professionals for your continued support because without it AltusCampus would not be the continuing education marketplace it is today.

With that said, we are proud to offer a Free “MRI Safety: Understanding and Eliminating Risk at Your Facility” webinar for 1 Category A CEU credit…

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Succeeding and Failing with XR29 Standard

  Aug 6th, 2015   -     News   -  

The new joint commission standards for CT went into effect July 1. The new requirements will put a substantial strain on radiology departments. Healthcare facilities across the country are either replacing equipment or updating equipment to bring it up to the new standard.

Dr. Myron Pozniak, a professor of radiology at the University of Wisconsin and his group conducted a survey of 106 healthcare facilities that provide CT regarding their readiness to meet the new standards…

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Evaluating Risk of Repeated Gadolinium Use

  Jul 30th, 2015   -     News, Radiation   -  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating the risk of gadolinium based contrast agents (GBCAs) leaving brain deposits with repeated use. GBCAs are used to help detect abnormalities in organs, tissues and blood vessels in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. Recent studies and publications have reported deposits remain in the brain of patients that have received four or more MRI scans using GBCAs years after receiving the last dose…

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CMS is proposing cuts to Radiation Therapy and Oncology by 3-9%

  Jul 16th, 2015   -     News, Radiation   -  

On July 8, 2015 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2016. The rule also finalizes changes to the quality reporting initiatives associated with PFS payments, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)…

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Proposed 2016 CMS HOPPS Rule Would Require More Code Bundling

  Jul 9th, 2015   -     News   -  

July1, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) issued a proposed rule with a 60 day comment period for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Coverage Year (CY) 2016. The proposed rule would require more code bundling pertaining to radiology.

The goal of the rule change is to create single encounter payment for comprehensive ambulatory payment classifications (APC’s) that match a single HOPPS episode of care…

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Audit: 1 in 11 Wisconsin doctors can’t prove CME compliance

  Jun 18th, 2015   -     ACR Accreditation, News   -  

According to a June 13 Wisconsin State Journal article, nearly one in 11 licensed Wisconsin physicians randomly selected in an audit by state regulators was not in compliance with continuing education requirements.  The article points out that 8% non-compliance is especially troubling for a state that has the nation’s lowest continuing medical education requirement: 30 credits […]

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How to Begin and Advance Your Radiology Career

  Jun 11th, 2015   -     MRI Safety, News, Radiation   -  

An associate’s degree is the most common degree to begin a radiologic or MRI technologist career however bachelor’s and advanced degrees are available to further your medical imaging career. Important qualities outlined by the U.S.Board of Labor Statistics include:  Detail oriented: to produce high quality images to diagnose and treat the patient while maintaining patient safety. […]

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