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Congratulations MSKIC Team: Best of San Antonio 2011

US Commerce Association just awarded Msuculoskeletal Imaging Consultants the Best of San Antonio 2011 award in recognition of its commitment quality and patient care in radiology. MSKIC champions teleradiology best practices and provides MIPPA accreditation assistance to its clients to assure that all MSKIC patients recieve the highest quality radiolgy care.

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MSKIC Champions Teleradiology Best Practices in SELF Magazine Article Blasting Other Teleradiology Companies.

SELF Magazine articles references Musculoskeletal Imaging Consultants LLC as a expert in teleradiology best practices in an article reporting tragic outcomes when best prctices are not applied by some large and well known teleradiology companies. There is a trend toward large publically held companies outsourcing imaging studies to off-shore radiologists or farming the reading our to the lowest bidder rather thanMSKIC practice of fostering close working relationships between expert radiologists in close collaboration with the ordering phsycian as part of a unfied treatment team.

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Federal False Claims Award of $10,000,000 Against Imaging Company for Failing to Provide Proper Physician Coverage for Contrast Injections

Federal court issues a $10 million dollar fine to a medical company that failed to have a qualitifed physician present during contrast injection as required by Medicare (CMS). With MIPPA, IDTFs and physician owned in-office MRI centers must have a qualified physician present to supervise the injection of contrast for any of the covered diagnostic imaging studies in order to bill Medicare. There is now precedent that failure to do so can be construed as a Medicare False Claim with significant finacial repercussions.

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Medicare “anti-markup” Limitation on Diagnostic Imaging.

CMS specifically prohibits billing Medicare in excess of the payment to a contractor (i.e. teleradiology goup). If an orthopedic group bills Medicare (CMS) in excess of the fee paid to the teleradiology group. The excess paymet is considered a markup and is prohibited except when the teleradiologist and the orhtopedic group “Share a practice” with strict restrictions.

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