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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?

Temperatures are dropping and my front yard is covered in leaves, which means it’s almost time for another eventful RSNA annual meeting in Chicago. I’ve spent some with this year’s schedule and wanted to share five can’t-miss sessions.

Women should not stop undergoing regular mammography based on their age alone, according to a new analysis published by the American Journal of Roentgenology. The authors of the article explored both the benefits and the risks of screening mammography for women ages 75 years and older.

Physicians aren’t the only ones who might benefit from using lead shields to guard against radiation exposure during cardiac catheterization, a new study suggests.

The chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors, James A. Brink, MD, spoke to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy today in Washington, D.C. The subcommittee was there to discuss the United States Department of Energy’s funding of low-dose radiation research, and Brink told its members that such research was needed to improve patient care.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

2018 QPP proposed rule offers plenty of pros for imaging

The 2018 Quality Payment Program proposed rule eases the burden on small and rural practices compared to the 2017 rule, more or less responding to criticism of the 2017 rule’s high expectations on practices.

AMIC supports CMS proposal to classify advanced imaging consultation of AUC as high-weighted improvement activity

The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition released a statement Thursday applauding CMS for its proposal that clinician consultation of appropriate use criteria (AUC) related to advanced imaging services be considered a high-weighted improvement activity for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period.

Dozens of House members caution against further cuts to lung screening reimbursement

45 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, imploring against future cuts to lung cancer screening reimbursement.

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