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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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Illinois legislation would ban kids under 12 from playing tackle football

An Illinois state legislator introduced a new bill that would ban organized tackle football for children under the age of 12 in an effort to decrease head injuries, which can potentially cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

ACR applauds introduction of new patient-centric bill

The American College of Radiology (ACR) thanked Virginia Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-47) for his part in the introduction of the Health Insurance Coverage Decisions and Medically Necessary Services Act (HB 1445) to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Program urges parents to wait until kids are 14 for tackle football

The Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) has announced the launch of its flag football under-14 program, developed to educate parents on the benefits of waiting to enroll their children in tackle football leagues until they are 14 years old.

Mammography rates increase after ACA eliminates cost sharing

Mammography rates increased after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) eliminated cost sharing for preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, according to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Computer simulation crunches numbers on ACS, USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations

One of healthcare’s most common debates is which of the many different breast cancer screening guidelines women should follow to receive the best possible care. The authors of a new study in the American Journal of Roentgenology ran a Monte Carlo computer simulation to put the screening mammography guidelines released by the American Cancer Society (ACS) in 2015 up against the updated recommendations released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2016.

Renewed: Providers can use ACR’s National Radiology Data Registry for MIPS reporting in 2018

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced this week that its National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR) has been renewed as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry by CMS. This renewal means that providers can continue to use the NRDR to meet MIPS reporting requirements throughout 2018.

FDA sheds light on role of MQSA inspectors

The FDA has published new information about the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) program on its website, outlining what is expected of MQSA inspectors once they have been hired.

SNMMI publishes AUC for somatostatin receptor PET imaging

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) announced Thursday, Jan. 4, the publication of appropriate use criteria (AUC) for somatostatin receptor PET imaging in neuroendocrine tumors.

Students should be learning more about radiation oncology in med school

Radiation oncologists should be more directly involved in the formal education of medical students, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Judge weighing options in radiologist’s lawsuit against Duke, UNC

Progress is being made in a radiologist’s lawsuit filed against Duke University and the University of North Carolina, which alleges the schools have a secret agreement not to hire professors away from one another.