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Radiologists—especially those working at teaching hospitals—see some of the country’s most clinically complex Medicare patients, according to a report published in the February edition of Academic Radiology.

When the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) passed, CMS established two ways for physicians to be rewarded for providing high-value care through a Quality Payment Program (QPP): the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models. Since the beginning, physicians have been able to participate in MIPS as an individual or as a group—but now they can also participate as a virtual group.

The FDA authorized U.S. marketing of the first blood test with the ability to evaluate concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), in adults, the agency announced in a statement Wednesday.

In addition to routine follow-up phone calls, clinicians are obligated to provide women with a written summary of mammography reports once their results become available, the FDA wrote in its most recent update on the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

Kentucky expanded Medicaid coverage in 2014, taking its cue from the Affordable Care Act and including individuals and families with incomes up to 33 percent above the federal poverty line. The state’s uninsured rate dropped from 19 percent to 7 percent as a result. According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the move also improved the quality of breast cancer care.

 

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Radiologists care for some of the country’s sickest, most complex patients

Radiologists—especially those working at teaching hospitals—see some of the country’s most clinically complex Medicare patients, according to a report published in the February edition of Academic Radiology.

AMIC 'strongly opposes' federal push to expand site-neutral payment policies

The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) announced Wednesday, Feb. 21, its opposition to President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget provision aimed at expanding site-neutral payment policies, according to a release. The move would reduce Medicare payments for imaging services performed in certain hospital and outpatient settings.

Should radiologists participate in MIPS as part of a virtual group?

When the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) passed, CMS established two ways for physicians to be rewarded for providing high-value care through a Quality Payment Program (QPP): the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models. Since the beginning, physicians have been able to participate in MIPS as an individual or as a group—but now they can also participate as a virtual group.

FDA approves first-ever blood test to evaluate concussions

The FDA authorized U.S. marketing of the first blood test with the ability to evaluate concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), in adults, the agency announced in a statement Wednesday.

FDA: Direct communication of mammogram results isn’t a suggestion—it’s the law

In addition to routine follow-up phone calls, clinicians are obligated to provide women with a written summary of mammography reports once their results become available, the FDA wrote in its most recent update on the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

Expanded Medicaid coverage in Kentucky improved the quality of breast cancer care

Kentucky expanded Medicaid coverage in 2014, taking its cue from the Affordable Care Act and including individuals and families with incomes up to 33 percent above the federal poverty line. The state’s uninsured rate dropped from 19 percent to 7 percent as a result. According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the move also improved the quality of breast cancer care.

USPSTF recommends against ovarian cancer screenings

The harms associated with screening for ovarian cancer outweigh its documented benefits, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced today in its first recommendation on the subject since 2012.

Michigan's concussion law now requires coaches to take online awareness training

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Monday that Michigan’s Sports Concussion Law has been updated and now requires coaches and other adults taking part in youth sports to complete concussion awareness training online every three years.

Gov. Cuomo commits $37.7M to improving access to breast cancer screening in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that, as part of his ongoing “Get Screened, No Excuses" initiative, $37.7 million in funding is going toward improving access to breast cancer screening throughout the state.

Legislation requiring a study on women and lung cancer introduced in House, Senate

The bipartisan Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act, which calls for a “comprehensive study on women and lung cancer,” was introduced in the House this week. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey) and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minnesota) introduced the legislation, while Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) joined them as original cosponsors.

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