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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.

 

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No need to panic over talk of cutting essential health benefits, including low-cost preventative screening

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s essential health benefits are now on the chopping block to entice the more conservative members of the House into supporting the American Health Care Act, losing the requirement that insurers cover preventative cancer screening isn’t a foregone conclusion.

MedPAC recommendations get it wrong on imaging, says MITA

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) said the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) March 2017 report to Congress misrepresents the growth in imaging utilization, a criticism consistently levied by imaging advocates against MedPAC over the past decade.

EU pulls gadolinium contrast agents over deposition concerns

The medical regulatory body of the European Union (EU) recommended four gadolinium contrast agents be pulled from the market because of concerns about gadolinium deposition in the brain. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) suspended the marketing authorizations for the four agents after a review by its risk assessment committee.

What the ACA replacement means for radiology

The ACA replacement bill appears to leave intact pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) beneficial to radiologists, namely the expansion of preventative cancer screening. While it’s an encouraging sign, the tri-part repeal-and-replace process means radiologists should keep their ears to the ground, according to Chris Sherin, Director of Congressional Affairs at the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Colon cancer coalition urges lawmakers to cover virtual colonoscopy

A coalition of colorectal cancer societies and advocacy groups urged Congress to pass legislation covering CT colonography under Medicare, the latest development in a decades-long effort to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. The CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act (House Resolution 1298) was introduced in early March by Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Danny Davis, D-Illinois.

Five states pushing for mandated DBT coverage

At least five states have introduced legislation requiring insurers to cover Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography. The economic and clinical benefits of DBT are well-established, but the passage of the bills may come down the legislative climate of the individual states, according to Eugenia Brandt, Director of State Affairs for the American College of Radiology.

Op-ed: ACGME policy puts undue pressure on small radiology residency programs

An op-ed in the Journal of the American College of Radiology argues pressure to comply with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s standardization of policy for all programs creates problems for certain small radiology programs.

Lack of detail on ACA replacement could spook patients, practices

The lack of specifics on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement could have deleterious effects on cancer screening rates and other preventative care, according to Geraldine McGinty, MD, assistant professor of radiology at Weil Cornell Medicine in New York.

Factions form in Quebec ultrasound reimbursement dispute

Ultrasound centers in Ontario just got a little busier, owing to an ongoing reimbursement dispute between Quebecer private imaging clinics and the Quebec public health insurance agency (RAMQ).

 
ACA repeal could reverse gains in screening

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) out-of-pocket provision for preventative care increased screening uptake, especially among lower-income patients, but the ACA’s impending repeal could undo those gains, according to industry experts.

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