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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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Looking back at the 2017 ACR Moreton Lecture: 4 key takeaways

The Journal of the American College of Radiology has shared a web version of the Moreton Lecture given by Jeffrey C. Bauer, PhD, at the 2017 American College of Radiology’s annual meeting in May. Here are four key takeaways from his speech to attendees.

MITA issues guidelines for live model ultrasound scanning

The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) issued new guidelines for live model ultrasound scanning for educational purposes.

6 tenets of multigenerational team building in radiology

A recent article in Radiology Management discussed strategies for multigenerational team building within radiology practice. Team building in a radiology department is crucial and has been linked to healthcare costs, employee morale and quality patient care.

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.