By L. Albert Villarin, MD, FACEP Next time you are traveling, pay attention to the world of automation we live in. I checked in for my flight from the comfort of my smartphone. The Uber app sent a ride, directing the driver exactly where to drop me off. As I entered the airport, an automated tram drove me to my terminal, where a kiosk later allowed me to order a meal. Beyond travel, it’s advancements in...

 Effective January 1, 2018, payments for imaging services that are X-rays taken using computed radiography (including the technical component portion of a global service) provided during CY 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022, will be decreased by 7 percent. For CY 2023 and subsequent years, payments will be decreased by 10 percent for these services. Computed radiography technology is defined as cassette-based imaging which utilizes an imaging plate to create the image involved. A new modifier...

Just when you think you have a proficient grasp on the new CMS Quality Payment Program-The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has changes in store for January 1, 2018.  There are some helpful changes such as an increase to the “Low-Volume threshold” and additional points being awarded for improvement in the Quality and cost category to name a few. There are some other changes however, that necessitate your attention such as needing a higher score...