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When Anthem implemented its new policy to push outpatient imaging not deemed medically necessary out of hospitals earlier this year in several states, many thought leaders within the industry spoke out in anger while others had more of a “wait and see” approach. Now, in a recent editorial in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, James A. Brink, MD, has written about the controversial policy, noting that it has created a potential rift within the industry.

As radiology practices and departments throughout the country work to reduce radiation dose during CT examinations, the authors of a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology wrote about the success they found in reducing dose by following three specific steps.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new guidance Monday detailing the agency’s initial thoughts and recommendations related to the 3D printing of medical devices.

Basing research and best practices on evidence is nothing new. But for radiologists to best represent their professions to federal lawmakers and regulators, their advocacy should be evidence-based, argued Emory University’s Rich Duszak, MD, professor and vice chair for health policy and practice at the school’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

David Levin, MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the radiology department at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, asked a simple question with his Nov. 26 presentation at RSNA 2017: Will the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) kill your radiology practice?

 

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ACR chair hopes radiologists work together to combat Anthem outpatient imaging policy

When Anthem implemented its new policy to push outpatient imaging not deemed medically necessary out of hospitals earlier this year in several states, many thought leaders within the industry spoke out in anger while others had more of a “wait and see” approach. Now, in a recent editorial in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, the chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, James A. Brink, MD, has written about the controversial policy, noting that it has created a potential rift within the industry.

MITA supports delaying medical device tax for 5 more years

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has come out supporting new legislation that would delay the medical device tax for five years. The bill, HR 4716, was introduced by Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minnesota and Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana.

Less variability, better patient care: 3 steps to reducing radiation dose in CT exams

As radiology practices and departments throughout the country work to reduce radiation dose during CT examinations, the authors of a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology wrote about the success they found in reducing dose by following three specific steps.

FDA issues new guidance on 3D printing medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new guidance Monday detailing the agency’s initial thoughts and recommendations related to the 3D printing of medical devices.

Gov. Cuomo signs 3D mammography legislation into law

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation mandating health insurers to completely cover digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, for breast cancer screenings.

RSNA 2017: The case for evidence-based advocacy for radiology

Basing research and best practices on evidence is nothing new. But for radiologists to best represent their professions to federal lawmakers and regulators, their advocacy should be evidence-based, argued Emory University’s Rich Duszak, MD, professor and vice chair for health policy and practice at the school’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

RSNA 2017: MACRA is ‘colossal pain in the butt' but not a practice killer

David Levin, MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the radiology department at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, asked a simple question with his Nov. 26 presentation at RSNA 2017: Will the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) kill your radiology practice?

Risk-based mammographic screening would delay detection of many breast cancers

Specialists agree that having either a family history of breast cancer or dense breast tissue puts patients at a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Where disagreement persists, however, is what exactly to do with that information. Some experts believe that providers should implement risk-based mammographic screening for breast cancer, but according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, such a system could delay the detection and treatment of a large number of cancers.

No, Health Imaging Is Not Trailing Behind Health IT

Medical Imaging Still Seeing Its Fair Share of Breakthroughs 

Breast density legislation introduced in Congress with bipartisan support

Thirty-two states enacted breast density reporting legislation in the last eight years, but no such bills have been passed on a federal level. Could that soon change?

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