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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.

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.

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.

New research published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology suggests procedural training should be standardized during residency and competence in specific procedures should be achieved at its completion.

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), developed by CMS to pay physicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, is one of many things today’s imaging leaders must understand to help their groups stay ahead. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, CMS exempts certain physicians from participating in MIPS, but many radiologists will find they must participate.

 

Recent Headlines

Muslim women in US more likely to get mammograms after religion-tailored classes

A recent study showed more Muslim-American women are likely to get mammograms, provided they engage in religiously-tailored educational programs designed to address barriers to screening. Previous research has shown roughly half of Muslim women in the United States receive mammograms, compared to 67 percent of all women.

FDA’s MIDAC votes to add retention warning to gadolinium contrast agents

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA)’s Medical Imaging Drugs Advisory Committee (MIDAC) voted 13-1 in favor of adding new labels warning that gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) cause gadolinium retention in some organs and tissues when used during MRIs.

ACR updates LI-RADS to improve communication, overall quality of care

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Thursday that it has updated its standards for liver cancer screening and surveillance ultrasound exams. These new changes to the Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) were made to “improve communication with referring clinicians” and advance the overall quality of care being provided to patients.

ACR: Anthem’s new outpatient imaging policy is ‘arbitrary,’ ‘unwise’

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued an official statement about Anthem’s new Imaging Clinical Site of Care program, calling it “arbitrary and unwise.”

ACR publishes comment letter to CMS on recent QPP proposed rule

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has submitted a comment letter to CMS on June’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, saying its members “appreciates CMS’s overall efforts to ease the burden on physicians, especially in the small and rural setting, as we attempt to transition into these new payment systems.”

ASTRO commends U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s update to policies concerning brachytherapy

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) issued a statement Friday in support of a final rule published this week by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regarding patient access to permanent implant brachytherapy.

Detection up, volume steady after 2014 USPSTF screening update for aortic aneurysms

New research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology found 2014 updates to USPSTF guidelines for abdominal aortic aneurysms ultrasound screenings did not significantly change test volume but nearly doubled detection rates.

4 tips for implementing improved CT protocols in academic setting

As technologies improve and awareness of radiation dose grows, more and more facilities are implementing new CT protocols that expose patients to lower amounts of radiation. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, however, such implementation in an academic setting can often be challenging.

Senate easily passes medical device user fee act

By an overwhelming 94-1 vote, the Senate passed the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017, approving the user fee agreements paid by pharmaceutical and medical device companies to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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.

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