Home > Blog Tag

Blog Posts by Tag: Radiology

2023 MIPS – Examining How Pathology Scores Are Calculated

In the 2023 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, there were minimal changes to the traditional Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The final rule focuses on further refining MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) implementation. However, there are no pathology-related MVPs at this time. Therefore, the majority of pathologists will continue to participate under the traditional MIPS program.Two...

Read


AUC Penalty Phase Delayed–Why Radiologists Need to Act Now, Not Later

The appropriate use criteria (AUC) program was established under The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 to ensure providers ordered the most appropriate advanced diagnostic imaging services for Medicare beneficiaries. Under the program, ordering providers will consult an electronic portal called a Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (CDSM) to ensure the established appropriate use...

Read


No Surprises Act: Examining the Independent Dispute Resolution Process

The Final Rule implementing the No Surprises Act provides new guidance for the payor-provider independent dispute resolution (IDR) process. The Final Rule directs certified IDR entities to consider the qualifying payment amount as well as certain other specific factors when resolving out-of-network rate disputes and requires payors to be more transparent about changes to codes or modifiers that...

Read


No Surprises Act: 4 Key Steps to Providing Good Faith Estimates

The No Surprises Act protects patients from receiving a surprise medical bill by prohibiting balance billing and requiring providers to provide good faith estimates (GFE) of services. A GFE should be provided to all patients who are uninsured and should include all services expected to be provided by both primary and co-providers.While the legislation went into effect on January 1, 2021, HHS did...

Read


Optimizing Patient and Payor Payments with Patient Responsibility Estimator Tool

In 2021, the total US out-of-pocket healthcare patient spending increased by 10% from the previous year and is expected to continue to increase by 9.9% annually through 20231. An increase in a patient’s financial responsibility is a growing problem in healthcare and is driven by several factors including: Payors shifting a larger portion of the payment to patient responsibility, on average...

Read


Best Practice to Maximize Patient Collections Now that the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program has Ended

On March 15, 2022, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that the Uninsured Program would stop accepting claims as it had exhausted its federal pandemic funding. In the COVID-19 Uninsured Program Shutdown FAQs, HRSA stated: Claims submitted after March 22 for COVID-19 testing and treatment, and after April 5 for vaccination will not be adjudicated for payment. ...

Read


Mitigating 2023 Proposed Medicare Reimbursement Cuts

Over the past few years, due to the public health emergency (PHE), Congress has stepped in to halt pending Medicare cuts. However, legislative intervention during the PHE only delayed the cuts until the following year. With the proposed 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released in July, which contained several reductions, and the return of the 2% sequestration, healthcare providers need to...

Read


How Real-Time Connectivity Can Drive Revenue, Reduce Cost, and Increase Client Satisfaction

In today’s healthcare environment, there is a lot of uncertainty about what revenue will look like in the face of declining reimbursement, increasing payor denials, and staffing shortages. At the same time, there are greater expectations on the workforce to comply with regulations and payor reimbursement requirements, which can differ by payor and state. Therefore, it is essential for healthcare...

Read