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MACRA, QPP, MIPS, APM - What these Mean for You

What is MACRA? The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is a bipartisan legislation signed into law on April 16, 2015. MACRA includes several changes to the way reimbursement of medical services is made. It introduces a...

XR-29 solutions and FDA clearance: New policies without clear directions and regulations create confusion, uncertainty, even injustice.

The NEMA XR-29 standard went into effect earlier this year and yet there are many unanswered questions about compliance, auditing and regulatory aspects of proposed solutions. MITA estimates that one-third of the current CT install base would not...

CMS announced the rules: It’s coming! No delay for XR-29

Ready or not, it’s coming. CMS pre-published the 2016 rules for Hospital Outpatient Payments and Physician Fee Schedule. These rules will be formally published on Nov. 13 and Nov.  16, respectively.   Despite numerous...

Reimbursements for Lung Cancer Screening - Will You Get Tickets to the Show?

{loadposition ctvideo} Whether it’s an upcoming concert featuring your favorite musician, or a popular Broadway show you’d love to see, you always wind up asking yourself the same question as the show nears: Should I get tickets? Is it worth the...

CMS to Cover LDCT Lung Cancer Screenings

What is a lot of snow? As the northeast just experienced a snow storm, there are many opinions about whether or not it was a lot. Those who live in New Jersey may think 1 foot is average, while those in upstate New York think that’s a light amount....

What’s really behind XR-29 follow-up paper

Clarity. It is the cornerstone of good communication. So when it comes to the hot topic of the XR-29 standard that affects so many imaging departments and practices, why are so many communications on the topic not clear? Not only are the original...

Solving Radiology’s Age-Old Dichotomy of Cost vs. Quality

There has long been a stigma in life that higher cost equals higher quality. Pay more for your suit or shoes and they must be better than the lower cost alternative, right? Maybe. Maybe not. The same stigma has been applied to healthcare. The more...

Wanted: straight answers. New low dose CT mandates bring more questions than answers

Creating standards. Improving reporting. Lowering dose to better the health and safety of patients and staff. These are laudable goals, and the new Standard XR-29-2013 from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA’s) Medical...

Are we lowering CT dose for patients – or for ourselves?

A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine & supports the value of low-dose CT lung scanning for high-risk Medicare-eligible patients. This is seemingly good news, right?  MITA, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, has come...

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