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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.

 

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Need a Lift?: CMS Approves Free Patient Transportation for Imaging Providers

In the ever-changing landscape of anti-kickback regulations, a new rule is in the mix that imaging providers should understand. While there is no such thing as a free lunch, a free ride is legitimate when it comes to transporting patients and even a helper to imaging exams. This action is key to opening up access to more patients, as long as providers follow the regulations closely.

Texas nears decision on mandated DBT screening

Texas may become the seventh state to mandate coverage of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) under private insurance plans, as long as Governor Gregg Abbott signs the bill that’s been on his desk since May 30. If Abbot does nothing for 21 days, the bill will become law without his signature, a legislative tactic sometimes used when a governor’s distaste for a bill doesn’t quite warrant a veto.

Will the Senate AHCA bill require coverage for cancer screening? Nobody knows

Senate Republicans don't plan to release a draft of their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement bill, as reported by Axios. The 13-member healthcare workgroup is on track to finish writing the bill tonight, according to two senior GOP aides, but plans to send it straight to the Congressional Budget Office for scoring upon completion.

Looking for misvalued exam codes has contributed to outsized imaging reimbursement cuts

Increases in imaging utilization combined with the search methodology used by policymakers to look for misvalued medical services has resulted in disproportionate reimbursement cuts to diagnostic radiology services, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

AHCA would leave millions uninsured and destabilize markets, says CBO

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the number of uninsured Americans would rise to 51 million under the American Health Care Act (AHCA), compared to the 28 million who lack insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

How to prepare for CMS proposed cuts to mammography reimbursements

CMS will likely propose a 50 percent cut to the technical component of mammography reimbursement in the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule, due to be released in early July.

Trump budget proposes deep cuts for HHS

The Trump Administration released its detailed budget for HHS, proposing massive budget cuts to several key institutions with a stake in imaging, including the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration.

HHS Secretary expects an August vote on Senate ACA repeal

HHS Secretary Tom Price said he believes the Senate will pass the American Heath Care Act by August, the first indication of a timeline for the bill by the Trump administration.

 
USPSTF reinforces recommendation against thyroid cancer screening

The USPSTF recommends against thyroid screening in asymptomatic adults, issuing guidance on a “D” rating (recommends against screening). 

Senate repeal-and-replace bill could improve on imaging-related policy

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a narrow vote, but any and all parts of the bill are up for debate in the Senate—including the provision allowing states to waive requirements for essential health benefits such as preventative screening.

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