February 2014

Introduction

The New Socioeconomics of Health Care

Suresh Mukherji

Suresh Mukherji

It is impossible to avoid being exposed to some aspect of health care reform on a daily basis. Whether it is discussing this at your group’s business meeting, hearing it on the evening news, or being asked your opinion at a cocktail party or backyard barbecue, it seems the socioeconomic aspects of medicine have crept into every crevice of our lives!  … more »

Health Care Reform Vignette

Summary of the Affordable Care Act

Carolyn Meltzer

Carolyn Meltzer

The ASNR Executive Committee and AJNR Senior Editors felt that it would be of service to our membership to provide concise descriptions of various aspects of health care reform legislation and associated market forces shaping our world.  I assembled the first of these AJNR vignettes in the form of an introduction to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.1  … more »

Health Care Reform Vignette

What Is the RUC?

William Donovan

William D. Donovan

I was recruited to the payment policy field by my mentor, friend, and former ASNR President Bob Zimmerman (the New York Bob) in 2006. I had made him a standing offer to help ASNR out however he thought best. When he asked if I wanted to help out Bob Barr with the RUC, I replied, “Sure, Bob—what’s the RUC?” It’s … more »

Health Care Reform Vignette

Alphabet Soup: Our Government “In-Action”

Joshua Hirsch

Joshua Hirsch

We appreciate the opportunity to appear and comment on our article “Alphabet Soup: Our Government ‘In-Action’” in the AJNR News Digest. The United States spends more money on health care than any nation on earth. The legislative and commentary landscape is replete with scores of bills and opinion pieces on the Affordable Care Act. As radiologists we are faced with particular scrutiny, and what … more »

Health Care Reform Vignette

The Medicare Conversion Factor

Factors for Conversion to Global Health Care Budgets
David Seidenwurm

David Seidenwurm

The Medicare Conversion factor is the amount paid per unit of work in fee-for-service Medicare. The Conversion Factor (CF) forms the basis for numerous payment plans in other governmental and nongovernmental health systems as well. The annual calculation of the conversion factor remains controversial because it affects the budget processes of the federal government … more »

Health Care Reform Vignette

Physician Quality Reporting System

Pina Sanelli

Pina C. Sanelli

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has been using incentive payments, and will begin to use payment adjustments in 2015, to encourage eligible health care professionals to report on specific quality measures. It is important to be aware that beginning in 2015, the program will apply a payment adjustment to physicians and/or groups who do not satisfactorily report data on … more »

Advocacy

ASNR Advocacy Efforts

Rahul Bhala

Rahul Bhala

Radiology, including neuroradiology, continues to face reimbursement challenges due to ongoing concerns with the national health care budget. The future of neuroradiology is promising; however, to be successful, we must keep abreast of changing health care policy and continue to demonstrate the value of our specialty to our patients, peers, and payers.

The American Society of Neuroradiology Health Policy Committee (Chair: … more »