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Year in review: Our top 6 imaging quick reads from 2017

January 16, 2018

    It's undeniable that 2017 was a big year for health care overall—and for imaging especially.

    Many of you turned to "The Reading Room" to understand how major policy changes impact your imaging program. 'We' also shared best practices and innovative strategies to overcome some of imaging's top challenges. 

    To catch you up, we've compiled our top six blogs of 2017.

    1. Anthem will deny some hospital-based imaging: What you need to know
    Anthem, the second largest insurance company in the United States, announced that it will no longer pay for certain advanced imaging services at hospital-based facilities, citing cited substantial price variation based on site-of-service. We received many questions about this policy change and compiled our answers to your top questions, as well as key strategies imaging programs should deploy to maintain volumes in a price sensitive market. Read the post

    2. What Medicare's 2018 final rules mean for radiology
    In November, CMS released its annual final rules governing hospital and provider payments for 2018. Learn more about the annual payment updates and key regulatory changes for imaging, including an additional cut to site-neutral payments and penalty to computed radiography (CR) X-rays. Read the post       

    3. What Medicare's 2018 rules mean for imaging CDS
    CMS also released new rules governing the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program that mandates the use of clinical decision support (CDS) for outpatient advanced imaging exams. Most notably, the CDS provider deadline was delayed again now set to Jan. 1, 2020. For more details on this delay and other CDS updates, read our four major takeaways from this year's rulemaking. Read the post

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    4. What to do with CMS's new patient-facing encounter codes
    Major questions for radiologists falling in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under MACRA have centered on patient-facing status, which will determine provider reporting and performance requirements. Find out more about this non-patient facing status and what it means for your group.  Read the post

    5. Struggling with no-shows in radiology? Here's what you should do about it.
    No-show visits  are a constant challenge for imaging departments, resulting in financial losses and delays to patient care. Find out which patients are most likely to be no-shows and how your imaging program can adapt scheduling strategies to capture these at-risk patients. Read the post

    6. Clinical Decision Support: The first step to quality in imaging
    Imaging quality truly begins at the ordering stage; this means that ensuring appropriateness imaging is the first step to high quality imaging. We describe how two health systems hardwired appropriate ordering by implementing hard stops through clinical decision support. Read the post



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