By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions The wait is over. CMS released the updated fee schedule for 2015 and the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) issued an official statement this week to voice their concern. Overall, radiology will see a combined average one percent reduction on total Medicare allowed charges for services. This…

Read more Radiology Reality Check: 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions CMS recently announced a new $840 million initiative to reward health care providers to improve medical care and cut health costs. Aligned with the Affordable Care Act, the new Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is designed to support 150,000 clinicians over the next four years to redesign how…

Read more New $840 Million Grant for Doctors to Improve Healthcare, but is Health IT ready?

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions While the adoption of electronic medical records has dramatically increased over the past few years thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s $24 billion in incentives, one key hurdle remains – interoperability. Say a doctor at Hospital A needs to refer a patient to Specialist B – the…

Read more You Can’t Teach a Legacy EMR New Tricks: Why Healthcare Needs Interoperability Now

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions As personal medical records become more accessible, patients often find themselves confused – what does the information within their own record actually mean? Even physicians from one medical specialty to another find difficulty translating specific medical terminology and phrasing. The Wall Street Journal notes a growing trend…

Read more Straight Talk: Radiologists Drop the Medical Jargon in Favor of Clearer Patient Communication

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions In a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, average spending per Medicare recipient appears to be declining. While New York Times’ reporters Margot Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy argue the numbers do not necessarily indicate an ongoing downward trend, one fact remains clear – Medicare reimbursement rates…

Read more Medicare Spending in Decline: How Do Practices Stay Afloat?

“American medicine is the best in the world when it comes to providing high-tech care. If you have an esoteric disease, you want to be in the United States…But if you have run-of-the-mill chronic diseases like congestive heart failure or diabetes, the system is not designed to find you the best possible care. And that’s…

Read more The Uncoordinated Care Problem in America and How We Can Fix It

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions In the age of instant electronic communication, why hasn’t the medical industry kept up the pace? Practices still rely on their antiquated fax machines to send and receive patient referrals, a contributing factor to why 50 percent of referrals never result in appointments. Better referral management is…

Read more True Care Coordination Begins with Referral Management

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions While healthcare saw a rapid increase in spending on diagnostic imaging around the turn of the century, the trend dramatically slowed in recent years. Why the change? Over the past decade, government healthcare regulations have put a greater emphasis on cost effectiveness, including significant reimbursement cuts for…

Read more Health Reform is Reducing the Cost of Radiology: How do Radiologists Remain Competitive?

By Bill Bunker, Executive Vice President, SCI Solutions The fax machine may be celebrating its 90th birthday, but the healthcare industry has reason to shudder. Why? Too many medical practices rely on this outdated technology to send vital patient information from one doctor to another. Dissolving the medical community’s reliance on faxes extends beyond clerical…

Read more Intelligent Patient Referral Management: Everyone’s a Winner