Radiologists, It’s Time to Call Your Member in Congress!

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Your government is here to help. Under the guise of “Patients over Paperwork,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a $5 billion boost to funding for reimbursement for care-related evaluation and management (E/M). Unfortunately the latest government effort to ease administration burdens on physicians will cost radiologists $450 million in one year…

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Echocardiographers Face Higher Radiation Exposure during Certain Cardiac Procedures

Echocardiographers Face Higher Radiation Exposure during Certain Cardiac Procedures

    Researchers recently revealed in a study published in JAMA Network Open that echocardiographers experience significantly higher exposure to radiation than interventional cardiologists. A research team at a Michigan hospital system measured head-level radiation levels for echocardiographers performing particular procedures, which necessitated them to stand near the radiation source and the patient. Echocardiographers assist…

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Cryoablation and its Effects on Cancer Pain

Cryoablation and its Effects on Cancer Pain

An underappreciated use of cryoablation is increasing — pain management in cancer patients. A 2021 study released by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) confirms that cryoablation is a safe, effective treatment of pain caused by metastatic bone tumors. An article by J. David Prologo, an interventional radiologist at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, published…

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Protect Future Reimbursement by Using Correct Specialty Designator for IR

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Protect your future reimbursement intervention radiology. Despite interventional radiology (IR) having its own specialty code in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS), the Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR) maintains that many IR groups are continuing to use code 30. Code 30 is the diagnostic radiology identifier code. In PECOS, the specialty code…

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