Care Delivery

While CMS considers whether to cover LDCT lung-cancer screening for high-risk individuals, a final coverage decision issued by the agency this week for hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening puts the issue of standardized imaging protocols for screening and following patients who test positive for HCV on radiology’s front burner.

The American College of Radiology today announced the launch of the ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Program, a designation that would ensure providers meet specific equipment, personnel and imaging-protocol requirements.

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS, survey—now driving a portion of hospital revenue—touches radiology only tangentially, so it would be convenient to leave the patient experience to someone else.

The first baby boomers are beginning to retire, signaling the beginning of unprecedented demand on the health-care system. How will radiology be affected?

Five pioneers in lung-cancer screening share strategies for setting up a program, managing screening-detected nodules, determining which nodules to biopsy (and how), and managing incidental findings

Medical imaging is expected to be an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of dementia

The FDA has approved a new agent for the analysis of beta-amyloid neuritic plaque density in cognitive-impaired adult patients under evaluation for Alzheimer’s disease.

Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI) was named the first diagnostic imaging Center of Excellence (COE) in New England on March 7, 2014, a designation awarded by the American College of Radiology for excellence in the delivery of outpatient imaging.

A report on the first annual list of the 20 largest radiology-services companies

Sorting out who’s who in radiology professional services is no easy task

CMS today announced that it would initiate a National Coverage Analysis on lung cancer screening with low-dose CT.The action was taken in response to two formal requests to initiate the NCA, one from Peter B. Bach, director, Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; the other one came from Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president & CEO, Lung Cancer Alliance.

UnityPoint Health, formerly Iowa Healthcare, a multi-city integrated delivery system based in Des Moines, recently underwent a transformation aimed at empowering primary care physicians to take the lead in care coordination for patients.