Stephanie Krent, Imaging Performance Partnership
Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a revision of the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) rules. For 2012, there will be no payment reduction applied to the professional component of imaging services performed on the same patient in the same session but read by different physicians in the same practice.
CMS Limits Application of MPPR for 2012
Emily Hague, Imaging Performance Partnership
Though traditionally patients have received imaging services from the programs they are referred to by their personal physicians, price sensitivity has begun to proliferate, with patients being steered to lower cost providers by payers and RBMs. Stories of imaging price steerage continue to surface, with no signs of lessening.
Insurers launch consumer-centered efforts to reduce imaging expenses
Michael Song, Imaging Performance Partnership
Fourteen health care practitioners across New Jersey were arrested this week on charges of participating in a bribery scheme to steer patient referrals to a community MRI center. The arrests follow an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General that uncovered bribes made by directors at the Orange Community MRI Center to referring physicians.
Arrests made in New Jersey kickback scheme