HPC Corner: Preparing for the Storm

HPC Corner: Preparing for the Storm
Colin Segovis, MD

 

On August 7, 2018, Greg Nicola, MD, FACR posted an important message to the ASNR members regarding valuation of Current Procedure Terminology codes (CPT) commonly used by Neuroradiologists – “A Storm is Brewing Once Again.”

 

The ASNR is fortunate to have a group of passionate volunteers on the front lines using your survey data to defend proper reimbursement for the vital services we provide our patients. Another important tool in this fight is education. Do you understand how your survey data helps the volunteers and staff of the ASNR economics committee? Do you understand how the new quality measures will affect reimbursement?

 

An in-depth discussion of radiology reimbursement policy is beyond the scope of this blog post, but it is vital that our members understand how important their role is as the ASNR economics team defends proper reimbursement. The ASNR has created educational resources to help members better understand reimbursement policy and why the time you spend completing the surveys is so important. Also, as reimbursement policy is now a required part of resident education as detailed in the Diagnostic Radiology Milestone Project created by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Radiology (ABR), there are now programs available to guide practicing radiologists through the challenging landscape of radiology reimbursement. Two examples – which are programs specifically addressing the milestones laid out by the ACGME and ABR – but which are of value to all practicing radiologists include:

 

The ASNR economics team is always working for our members, but members play a vital role alongside us. We need you to understand how important you are to the process of valuation policy and how your survey data helps to defend appropriate reimbursement. Together we will continue to defend proper reimbursement for the vital services we provide our patients as we prepare for changes in the reimbursement landscape.

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