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Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through December

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act suspended the sequestration payment adjustment percentage of 2% applied to all Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims from May 1 through December 31, 2020.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, extended the suspension period to March 31, 2021. An Act to Prevent Across-the-Board Direct Spending Cuts, and for Other Read More >>

2022, Where are we headed?

New rules are being published under new administration. How will they shape the future of healthcare?

In line with the agenda of Executive Order 13985, health equality for all patients appears to be the theme. The transparency of healthcare quality will continue to expand. As more of the responsibility is being placed on the consumer, the transparency will allow them to make informed decision and promote provider accountability.

Fewer Breast Cancer Cases Between Screening Rounds with 3-D Mammography

April 9, 2021 — 3-D mammography reduces the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed in the period between routine screenings, when compared with traditional mammography, according to a large study from Lund University in Sweden. The results are published in the journal Radiology. “Our results indicate that 3-D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, possibly detects cancers that would Read More >>

Radiologists must master cardiac CT, MRI to keep pace with demand: ‘The heart is not a magical organ’

Marty Stempniak | March 01, 2021 | Economics Radiology practices must master the delivery and interpretation of cardiac CT and MRI as demand for such studies explodes, according to new research published Thursday.   Magnetic resonance imaging of the heart among Medicare beneficiaries leapt 75.5% between 2012-2017, while cardiovascular computed tomography increased 97.4%, St. Francis Hospital Read More >>

COVID-19 vaccine affects imaging results, researchers warn

February 25, 2021 — Researchers are warning that the COVID-19 vaccine can manifest on imaging in ways that appear to be disease, according to two studies published February 24 in the American Journal of Roentgenology and Radiology. As more people get vaccinated for COVID-19, radiologists must be familiar with how the vaccine may affect imaging Read More >>