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New research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found 2014 updates to USPSTF guidelines for abdominal aortic aneurysms ultrasound screenings did not significantly change test volume but nearly doubled detection rates.

As technologies improve and awareness of radiation dose grows, more and more facilities are implementing new CT protocols that expose patients to lower amounts of radiation. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, however, such implementation in an academic setting can often be challenging.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft recommendation on July 18 that says the potential harm from ovarian screening isn’t worth it for women who have no signs or symptoms.

CMS released a proposed rule for changes to the 2018 hospital outpatient payment system (OPPS) on July 13, with a 60-day comment period to begin soon. CMS updates OPPS each year for changes in payment policies, rates and quality provisions for Medicare patients treated at hospital outpatient departments or surgical centers.

An alphabet soup of regulatory bodies and accreditation agencies can make the process of properly credentialing radiologic technologists a head-spinning affair. Fortunately, Cybil Nielsen, MBA, nuclear medicine technology program director at Indiana University School of Medicine, will set the record straight at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition.

 

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Detection up, volume steady after 2014 USPSTF screening update for aortic aneurysms

New research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found 2014 updates to USPSTF guidelines for abdominal aortic aneurysms ultrasound screenings did not significantly change test volume but nearly doubled detection rates.

4 tips for implementing improved CT protocols in academic setting

As technologies improve and awareness of radiation dose grows, more and more facilities are implementing new CT protocols that expose patients to lower amounts of radiation. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, however, such implementation in an academic setting can often be challenging.

Senate easily passes medical device user fee act

By an overwhelming 94-1 vote, the Senate passed the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017, approving the user fee agreements paid by pharmaceutical and medical device companies to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

USPSTF: Women should skip screening for ovarian cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft recommendation on July 18 that says the potential harm from ovarian screening isn’t worth it for women who have no signs or symptoms.

CMS releases outpatient payment system, proposes 5th level to imaging APC families

CMS released a proposed rule for changes to the 2018 hospital outpatient payment system (OPPS) on July 13, with a 60-day comment period to begin soon. CMS updates OPPS each year for changes in payment policies, rates and quality provisions for Medicare patients treated at hospital outpatient departments or surgical centers.

MITA welcomes House passage of medical device user fee act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA IV) on July 12, legislation to reauthorize user fee programs through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) affecting medical devices and prescription and generic drugs.

AHRA 2017 Preview: Need help navigating technologist accreditation? A Hoosier is here to help

An alphabet soup of regulatory bodies and accreditation agencies can make the process of properly credentialing radiologic technologists a head-spinning affair. Fortunately, Cybil Nielsen, MBA, nuclear medicine technology program director at Indiana University School of Medicine, will set the record straight at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition.

ACR CEO discusses meeting with HHS Secretary Price, CMS Admin Verma

William Thorwarth Jr., MD, American College of Radiology (ACR) CEO, spoke with HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, in late June to discuss “unnecessary federal regulations and administrative requirements,” according to the ACR.

AMIC, NRHA ask CMS to oppose site-neutral payment policy expansion

The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) and National Rural Health Association (NRHA) released a joint statement Wednesday asking CMS to oppose the expansion of site-neutral payment policies designed to reduce Medicare payments for certain services performed in hospital outpatient settings.”

Senate delays vote on healthcare bill until after July 4 congressional recess

Senate Republicans are delaying the vote on their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement until after the July 4 congressional recess, missing a self-imposed deadline due to holdouts on both ends of the conservative spectrum.

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