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Policy updates: Imaging Leaders Cheat Sheet Series

Policy updates like site-neutral payment have directly challenged daily operations and have future impact on imaging reimbursement of health systems nationwide.

Need a refresher on how these trends impact imaging? View our cheat sheets below to get a quick primer on key policies and regulations in health care.

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 Clinical decision support

CDS is an electronic tool that helps providers make informed ordering decisions based on established clinical guidelines, and it also has the ability to alert providers about the appropriateness of exams. Read on to learn how imaging leaders can implement CDS.

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 Medicare Administrative Contractors

Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are private health insurers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with to support program processes. Read on to learn more.

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 Site-neutral payment

Site-neutral payments cause a reduction in reimbursement discrepancy for the same service at different sites of care. Read on to learn about how this policy is expected to roll out in coming years and what it means for imaging reimbursement.

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 Two-Midnight Rule

The Two-Midnight Rule attempts to simplify inpatient admissions rules for hospitals. Under this rule an inpatient admission is considered appropriate when the physician expects a case will require at least a two-midnight stay. Continue reading to learn how the Two-Midnight rule works and how imaging leaders should respond.

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 X-ray reimbursement reductions

To incent imaging providers to adopt more advanced x-ray technology, Medicare reimbursement for analog and computed radiography will be reduced beginning in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Read on to calculate the impact this change will have on your bottom line.

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