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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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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.

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.

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