A woman injures her ankle while jogging and goes to the local emergency department for treatment. Despite her injury, she makes sure to go to a hospital in her health plan’s network. Some weeks later, she receives a significant — and unexpected — bill from an emergency department physician. While the hospital was in her health plan’s network, it turns out the treating physician was not.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) today brought a lawsuit against the federal government charging that the interim final rule (IFR) on surprise medical billing goes against the language of the “No Surprises Act” and will ultimately harm patients and access to care.
New surprise billing regulations: How providers should be preparing to fulfill the pending requirement about good-faith estimates
Providers have had a mere three months to implement the processes needed to comply with a new requirement to furnish uninsured patients with good-faith price estimates ahead of services.
Patients with COVID-19 reported sleep, neurological and other symptoms that often lasted for more than a year, according a retrospective, observational analysis at one health care system.
When Anthem Insurance issued a new policy in 2017 determining where its members could get radiology services, a consortium of medical groups took exception to the fine print. Anthem instructed that all of its adult members would need to seek services at lower-cost outpatient centers — the only problem was that the company defined adults as any patient ten years or older.
Smart automation continues to be a major trend in the radiography market, with several new systems equipped with cameras and sensors that assist technologists with patient positioning and radiation dose reduction, and improving exam workflow. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas has continued to put its Dynamic Digital Radiography technology to use since it was FDA-cleared at the end of 2019. The DDR technology uses algorithms to create a moving picture from a rapid acquisition of a series of radiographs.
Radiologists commonly mistake pelvic fractures requiring minimal follow-up for those involving the anterior column, which typically necessitates specialized care. These misses can directly affect patients and lead to unnecessary healthcare spending, experts said in a recent study.
Significant decreases in CT imaging for cancer persisted even after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, delaying diagnosis and treatment and raising the possibility of more advanced cancers and poorer outcomes for patients in the future, according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Results presented at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting showed several patient and surgical factors may predict neurologic complications after adult spinal deformity surgery.Tina Raman, MD, and colleagues identified 949 adult patients who underwent multilevel complex spine fusion for adult spinal deformity.