Anthem’s controversial policy of pushing outpatient imaging not deemed medically necessary out of hospitals went into effect in Colorado in September 2017.
May 23, 2018 | Policy
Women who prioritize annual mammograms starting at the age of 40 have the greatest chance of catching, treating and surviving breast cancer, a study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggests.
May 21, 2018 | Policy
Though not the guideline-recommended route for treatment, select breast cancer patients could benefit greatly from MRI screenings designed to identify brain metastases, according to a research letter penned this month by Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center experts and published in JAMA Oncology.
May 17, 2018 | Quality
Physician burnout has a lot to do with democracy, Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month—and radiologists should be following the lead of the American College of Radiology (ACR) to combat it.
May 17, 2018 | Policy
Could Illinois become the 36th state that requires mammography providers to notify patients when it is determined they have dense breast tissue?
May 17, 2018 | Policy
A Richardson, Texas, man was convicted by a federal jury Tuesday for his involvement in a scheme to impersonate multi-billion-dollar health tech company Cerner Corporation in a series of business deals that included a ploy to sell fraudulent MRI equipment.
May 17, 2018 | Policy
Kyle Pitsor, vice president of government affairs for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), testified this week about the potential impact tariffs proposed by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) could have on NEMA member companies and the electrical and medical imaging industries.
May 16, 2018 | Policy
The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) announced this week that it supports the FDA’s decision to promote the adoption of “quality management principles” in the servicing of medical devices.
May 15, 2018 | Policy
Black cancer patients are less likely to receive guideline-concordant care than white counterparts, researchers reported in Advances in Radiation Oncology this month. Those treatment disparities could have a profound impact on minority mortality rates.
May 11, 2018 | Quality
Around 3 percent of radiology patients miss pre-scheduled imaging appointments at any given time, researchers out of the University of Washington report in the Journal of the American College of Radiology—but mammography and ultrasound see no-show rates more than double that.
May 11, 2018 | Policy
Medical device recalls increased 126 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Stericycle Expert Solutions. More than 208 million units were included in 343 separate recalls. The average recall affected 607,000 units.
May 08, 2018 | Policy
In an imaging landscape where 64 percent of recommendations for supplemental screening are ignored by referring physicians, radiologists face a legal question: To what extent are they responsible for making sure colleagues follow through on their advice?
May 08, 2018 | Policy
California’s breast density law is scheduled to expire in January 2019. To gauge the feelings of people most affected by this possible expiration, Are You Dense and Are You Dense Advocacy surveyed more than 500 women between the ages of 40 and 74 who live in California and have had a mammogram within the last two years.
May 08, 2018 | Policy
There is “no statistically significant difference” in radiologist performance metrics when screening digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) examinations immediately compared to screening them later when the patient has left the facility, according to a new study published by Academic Radiology.
May 04, 2018 | Policy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Medical Association (AMA) recommend that patient education resources be written between a third- and seventh-grade reading level to ensure a maximum number of patients can comprehend the information.
May 03, 2018 | Policy
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and Rep. Mia Love of Utah hosted an educational briefing session about interventional radiology Wednesday, May 2, at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
May 01, 2018 | Policy
Peter Weems, director of policy and strategy for the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), spoke with Radiology Business about some of the biggest issues MITA is keeping a close eye on right now.
Apr 26, 2018 | Policy
The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has announced the formation of a new partnership with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. The partnership will focus on raising awareness of focused ultrasound among “policymakers, payers and medical specialty societies.”
Apr 24, 2018 | Policy
The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and Rep. Mia Love of Utah announced Tuesday, April 24, that they will host an educational briefing session about the importance of interventional radiology May 2 on Capitol Hill.
Apr 23, 2018 | Policy
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has issued a statement recommending Aetna reverse its decision not to cover the use of gallium Ga 68 dotatate PET or fluciclovine F18 PET for treating cancer patients.
Apr 19, 2018 | Policy
It is time for radiology residents to receive proper training about patient- and family-centered care (PFCC), according to a new analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.