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It has become standard practice over the years for imaging providers to maintain data for at least five years, but according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, perhaps that data should be kept indefinitely. 

The biggest problem we have as practice administrators or physicians is that we see management reports illustrating the end result and process failures contributing to revenue declines are not evident. As long as we, as an industry, insist on the lowest price, we will continue to get what we pay for in terms of over-automation and failures of process controls.

Mary Mahoney, MD, spoke with imagingBiz about what life is like as a department chair and shared her thoughts on several hot topics affecting breast imaging today.

 

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Should medical images be saved indefinitely?

It has become standard practice over the years for imaging providers to maintain data for at least five years, but according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, perhaps that data should be kept indefinitely. 

Billing woes: If something seems off, be proactive and investigate

The biggest problem we have as practice administrators or physicians is that we see management reports illustrating the end result and process failures contributing to revenue declines are not evident. As long as we, as an industry, insist on the lowest price, we will continue to get what we pay for in terms of over-automation and failures of process controls.

Q&A: Mary Mahoney on Breast Density Reporting Laws and the Technologies of Tomorrow

Mary Mahoney, MD, spoke with imagingBiz about what life is like as a department chair and shared her thoughts on several hot topics affecting breast imaging today.

GW Health Workforce Institute: Nonlicensed and tele-health savvy health workers to shape future healthcare staffing needs

Health-policy educator and researcher Patricia (“Polly”) Pittman, PhD, co-founded the GW Health Workforce Institute at George Washington University (GWHWI) in April 2015.

CMS answers key question around Medicare overpayment refund obligations

Practice leaders are aware that the Affordable Care Act requires repayment of an overpayment within 60 days of identifying it and that retaining an overpayment may result in significant penalties under the False Claims Act.

Frank Lexa, MD, MBA: 5 steps to successful change management

How do you lead change—even when you’re not in charge? The answer to that question is both simpler and subtler than one might think, and it’s readily applicable to radiologists, radiology business managers, radiology technologists and everyone else within the sphere of medical imaging.

Mounting an informed, intelligent transition to ICD-10

Countless healthcare providers of every type heaved a sigh of relief when CMS announced a one-year grace period following the Oct. 1, 2015, launch of ICD-10.

MedData’s CEO Barnes: ICD-10 will be a big-data journey

Radiographs of the ankle, hip and knee getting coded as mammograms; a popular code-assist product failing right out of the gate and remaining troublesome months later; small billing companies shuttering their offices, leaving physician practices without any billing services at all. These are some of the scenarios reported in the wake of the Oct. 1, 2015, launch of the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10).

ICD-10 is finally happening

There were multiple delays. There were conflicting survey results on whether healthcare organizations were adequately prepared. There was end-to-end testing, guidance, tools and much debate.

Will Connecticut fix its budget woes on the backs of radiology patients?

Earlier this year, Connecticut cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for OB-GYN and radiology. In June, the Nutmeg State’s general assembly voted to restore the former in large part but the latter barely at all. Some say the radiology cut—$4.45 million, a whopping 42.5%—will block access to care for many patients who need it most.

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