This paper describes the recent MACRA legislation, including its impacts on payment, the timeline involved and how organizations, including the ACR, are helping to share its rules and regulations. Full Article
Silva, E., McGinty, G.B., Hughes, D.R., and Duszak Jr, R. 2016. "Alternative Payment Models in Radiology: The Legislative and Regulatory Roadmap for Reform," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 13(10): 1176 - 1181.
This paper provides a detailed historical context for payment reform, focusing on the payment quality initiatives and alternative payment model demonstrations that helped provide the foundation of future MACRA-driven payment reform. Full Article
Silva, E., McGinty, G.B., Hughes, D.R., and Duszak Jr, R. 2016. "Traditional Payment Models in Radiology: Historical Context for Ongoing Reform," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 13(10): 1171 - 1175.
The aim of this study was to quantify the association between health information exchange use and cost savings attributable to repeat imaging. Full Article
Hye-Young , J., Vest, JR., Unruh, MA., Kern, LM., and Kaushal, R. 2015. "Use of Health Information Exchange and Repeat Imaging Costs," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 12(12): 1364 - 1370.
The purpose of this study was to better understand trends in utilization and costs of diagnostic imaging services at Magnet hospitals and non-Magnet hospitals. Full Article
Jayawardhana, J., and Welton, J.M. 2015. "Diagnostic Imaging Services in Magnet and Non-Magnet Hospitals: Trends in Utilization and Costs," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 12(12): 1357 - 1363.
This study aimed to summarize the impact of image sharing technologies on patient imaging utilization. Full Article
Vest, JR., Hye-Young, J., Ostrovsky, A., Das, L.T., and McGinty, G.B.. 2015. "Image Sharing Technologies and Reduction of Imaging Utilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 12(12): 1371 - 1379.
The aim of this study was to assess the changing use of emergency department (ED) cervical spine imaging in the Medicare population.
Gabriel G., Harkey, P., Hemingway, J., Hughes, D.R., and Duszak Jr, R. 2016. "Changing Utilization Patterns of Cervical Spine Imaging in the Emergency Department: Perspectives From Two Decades of National Medicare Claims," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 13(6): 644 - 648.
This study aimed to characterize associations between availability of imaging services and intensity of teaching among US hospitals. Full Article
Rosenkrantz, A.B., Wang, W., Duszak, R. 2016. "The Ongoing Gap in Availability of Imaging Services at Teaching vs. Non-Teaching Hospitals Academic Radiology," Academic Radiology, 23(8): 1057 - 1063.
The aim of this study was to evaluate if the CPT code changes correlated with a decreased utilization of facet injections.
Beckworth, J.W., Jiang M., Hemingway, J., Hughes, D.R., Staggs, D. 2016. "Facet Injection Trends in the Medicare Population and the Impact of Bundling Codes," The Spine Journal, 16(9): 1037 - 1041.
This study assess changing utilization patterns of abdominal imaging in the Medicare fee-for-service population over the past two decades. Full Article
Moreno, C.C., Hemingway, J., Johnson, A.C., Hughes, D.R., Mittal, P.K., and Duszak Jr., R. 2016. "Changing Abdominal Imaging Utilization Patterns: Perspectives from Medicare Beneficiaries Over Two Decades," Journal of American College of Radiology, 13(8): 894 - 903.
This study evaluated historic trends in submitted claims and payments for secondary interpretation services in the Medicare fee-for-service population. Secondary interpretation of diagnostic imaging examinations (providing a second formal interpretation for imaging performed at another institution) may reduce repeat imaging after transfer of care. Full Article
Lu, M., Hallett, T.R., Hemingway, J., Hughes, D.R., Hoffmann, U., and Duszak, R. 2016. "Secondary Interpretation of Computed Tomography Examinations: Frequency and Payment in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Population," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 13(9): 1096 - 1101.