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  1. 1. JANUARY 2013 IN THIS ISSUE 1.1 10 REVENUE CYCLE CONCERNS FOR RADIOLOGY GROUPS & HOW TO FIX THEM [WEBINAR] [Webinar] 10 Revenue Cycle Concerns for 1.2 Radiology Groups & How to Fix Them HOUSE PASSES BILL TO AVERT FISCAL CLIFF An efficient and effective revenue cycle is the bloodline of a successful radiology group. 2.3 FREE LIST: 2013 Radiology groups should routinely reevaluate RADIOLOGY CODING the management of their revenue cycle. CHANGES With that in mind, we invite you to attend, 10 2.4 Revenue Cycle Concerns for Radiology CMS RELEASES 2013 Groups & How to Fix Them. PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE AND ANNOUNCES 2013 SGR Presented by David Wold, CHBC, Chief Executive Officer, and CUT Richard Sanchez, Director of Operations, at Healthcare Information Services, L.L.C., this webinar will help you: • Establish protocols to ensure total Charge Capture • Understand how the affect Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) will have your reimbursements • Be better equipped to deal with insurance denials • Identify unfulfilled payor contracts • What you need to do to prepare for 2013 Coding changes and ICD-10  Space is limited, register today! House Passes Bill to Avert Fiscal Cliff In the early hours of January 1, 2013 the United States Senate, by a vote of 89-8 F I R T Y adopted legislation that prevents the majority of taxpayers from experiencing a tax increase; (855) RING-HIS prevents the scheduled 26.5% SGR related cut in physician fee schedule payments for one year 350 S. Northwest Highway and delays the 2% across-the-board cut Suite 200 in Medicare payments until early March. Park Ridge, IL 60068 Read more about the Fiscal Cliff and how it will affect you.HEALTHCARE INFORMATION SERVICES, L.L.C
  2. 2. Free List: 2013 Radiology Coding ChangesThe principal coding changes affecting Radiologists in 2013 occur in theInterventional Radiology Section of the AMA/CPT Manual. As in the past, wecontinue to see the Relative Update Committee (RUC) address code pairsreported together greater than75 percent of the time.These changes continue to affect both vascular and non-vascular interventioncodes by combining guidance and radiological supervision & interpretation codesinto the base procedure. Diagnostic Radiology had very little change with theexception of clarifying the number of views necessary for a Cervical Spine x-ray.The Nuclear Medicine had changes made to the Thyroid and Parathyroid codesto appropriately describe the types of procedures performed in current practice.The Ultrasound modality had an increase in work RVU’s for a few of theextremity arterial studies. Download the list here. CMS Releases 2013 Physician Fee Schedule and Announces 2013 SGR Cut The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their 2013 Physician Fee Schedule on November 1st. For lots of medical professionals, the new fee schedule may mean overhauling many of the ways their business will be conducted. With the new plan, CMS is looking deep into several things, with an overall goal of eliminating over payments to hospitals for patient care and improving the delivery of healthcare across the board. In order to avoid a negative audit, physicians should pay close attention to the new plan and make thenecessary changes ahead of time.Radiology offices need to pay particular attention because they will be hit with additional adjustments formis-valued codes on top of the SGR related cuts. For example, radiation oncology will see a -7%payment adjustment while interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and radiology will each see a -3%payment adjustment. Meanwhile, Radiation Therapy Centers are targeted for a -9% reimbursementSGR adjustment. Read more about the Physician Fee Schedule now. Have Questions? We’re happy to help. Healthcare Information Services (HIS) (855) RING-HIS 350 S. Northwest Highway, Suite 200 Park Ridge, IL 60068 F I R T YHEALTHCARE INFORMATION SERVICES, L.L.C