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June 27, 2019
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When Medicare Fraud Has Fatal Consequences

Medicare fraud is a victimless crime, right? Unfortunately, some folks still see things that way. That attitude may account for why Medicare fraud costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year. Who says? The FBI! Obviously Medicare fraud isn’t a victimless crime since those Medicare dollars come from taxpayers.

May 30, 2019
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10 Things Radiologists Need to Know About Radiology Extenders

Medicare recently relaxed its rules on the supervision that non-physician radiology providers must have by radiologists for their respective practices to get reimbursed. In the wake of the change, these “midlevel providers” are likely to grow in importance as well as in numbers. And that may be in diagnostic as well as interventional radiology.

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January 31, 2019
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Providers: Who’s Using Telemedicine Most Frequently?

In recent years, study after study has highlighted the potential that health care organizations, providers, and patients see in utilizing telemedicine. And economists have predicted that the telemedicine market will be worth as much as $40 billion by the year 2021. But despite the sense of excitement surrounding the technologies, from health care organizations’ and providers’ point of view, there are still barriers that are holding back implementation. As one new study shows, providers in some medical specialties are using telemedicine far more than their counterparts in other specialties.

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January 31, 2019
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Konica Minolta Healthcare Supports CME-Accredited, Ultrasound-Guided Interventional Workshops

Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. is providing support to Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the New Jersey Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for a series of CME-accredited, ultrasound hands-on workshops as part of the UGPLearningHub™ educational platform. Supported by an educational grant and in-kind contribution of ultrasound machines by Konica Minolta Healthcare, participating physicians can receive up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

October 9, 2018
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Experts discuss potential benefits, disadvantages to Cigna-Express Scripts, CVS-Aetna mergers

The Department of Justice approved the Cigna-Express Scripts merger on Sept. 17, according to Business Insider and The Wall Street Journal reported that the CVS-Aetna merger would likely get the green light by the end of the month. The Department of Justice decisions set into motion many concerns regarding the future of health care, medical and consumer experts told Healio Family Medicine. Many of these experts — most interviewed before the recent Department of Justice actions — said the future of health care looks daunting, not brightening.

September 17, 2018
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CMS proposes cutting more regulations

As part of its Patients Over Paperwork initiative, CMS has proposed another round of “red tape” cuts for healthcare providers that could reduce some burdens and loosen regulations across healthcare settings.

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August 28, 2018
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Cost Prompts More Than 20% of Americans to Pass on Medical Care

A new survey by Bankrate reveals that 22% of people in the United States have skipped medical care, or have a close family member who has opted not to get medical care in the past year because they felt they couldn’t afford it. 

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August 2, 2018
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Analysis: CMS stopping risk adjustment payments leaves insurance premiums in limbo,

The CMS decision to stop further collections or payments under the risk adjustment program leaves many questions about future health coverage and insurance premiums unanswered, experts and medical associations told Healio Family Medicine.

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June 11, 2018
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Digital Conversion -are Independent practices ahead of hospitals in Digital conversion?

A recent survey of Hospital-based Radiology Administrators revealed that 29% of hospitals have migrated to Digital Radiology.

Kontours has created a survey to understand the level of digitalization of radiology in outpatient facilities like Urgent Care, Sports medicine, and Urgent Care.

 please take a few minutes to answer our survey.

Categories: Reimbursement
May 23, 2018
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MSK Ultrasound Reimbursement Guide and Webinar

MSK Ultrasound Reimbursement
The MSK reimbursement guide provides general coverage and payment information for diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures. When the ultrasound device is being utilized for a documented appropriate medical necessity, is being performed by appropriately qualified providers, and meets all Medicare requirements including documentation and storage of images, it may be possible for it to be billed and considered for coverage and payment by a payer.

Download the 2018 MSK Reimbursement Guide for Diagnostic Ultrasound or Register for a "Reporting Extremity Ultrasound Service" webinar to get in-depth information on musculoskeletal ultrasound reimbursement, documentation and reporting processes.

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