The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has proposed making payment cuts to numerous specialties, including radiology, to “rebalance” the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule toward ambulatory evaluation and management (E&M) services.
Jun 14, 2018 | Policy
CT dose management is getting more attention than ever before, resulting in awareness campaigns, updated standards and numerous technological advances. According to a new commentary published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, however, the implementation of these changes is “often suboptimal.”
Jun 08, 2018 | Policy
The World Molecular Imaging Society, American College of Radiology, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and members of the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) Working Group issued a statement Friday, June 8, urging CMS to reconsider its decision to decline coverage for PET imaging with sodium fluoride (NaF) for Medicare patients with metastatic cancer.
Jun 04, 2018 | Policy
Less than a week after President Donald Trump confirmed plans to proceed with tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese imports, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has said it’s backing a bipartisan letter urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to exempt nearly $3 billion worth of medical device products from Section 301 tariffs.
May 31, 2018 | Policy
The American Cancer Society (ACS) updated its recommendations for colorectal cancer screening this week, lowering the age people at average risk should begin screening from 50 to 45. The American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued a statement of its own, highlighting the benefits of virtual colonoscopy, an ACS-approved colorectal cancer screening method.
May 30, 2018 | Policy
The American Cancer Society (ACS) announced Wednesday, March 30, that it has updated its guideline for colorectal cancer screening, changing the age people at average risk should begin screening from 50 to 45.
May 24, 2018 | Policy
Anthem’s controversial policy of pushing outpatient imaging not deemed medically necessary out of hospitals went into effect in Colorado in September 2017.
May 23, 2018 | Policy
Women who prioritize annual mammograms starting at the age of 40 have the greatest chance of catching, treating and surviving breast cancer, a study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggests.
May 21, 2018 | Policy
Though not the guideline-recommended route for treatment, select breast cancer patients could benefit greatly from MRI screenings designed to identify brain metastases, according to a research letter penned this month by Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center experts and published in JAMA Oncology.
May 17, 2018 | Quality
Physician burnout has a lot to do with democracy, Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month—and radiologists should be following the lead of the American College of Radiology (ACR) to combat it.
May 17, 2018 | Policy
Could Illinois become the 36th state that requires mammography providers to notify patients when it is determined they have dense breast tissue?
May 17, 2018 | Policy
A Richardson, Texas, man was convicted by a federal jury Tuesday for his involvement in a scheme to impersonate multi-billion-dollar health tech company Cerner Corporation in a series of business deals that included a ploy to sell fraudulent MRI equipment.
May 17, 2018 | Policy
Kyle Pitsor, vice president of government affairs for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), testified this week about the potential impact tariffs proposed by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) could have on NEMA member companies and the electrical and medical imaging industries.
May 16, 2018 | Policy
The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) announced this week that it supports the FDA’s decision to promote the adoption of “quality management principles” in the servicing of medical devices.
May 15, 2018 | Policy
Black cancer patients are less likely to receive guideline-concordant care than white counterparts, researchers reported in Advances in Radiation Oncology this month. Those treatment disparities could have a profound impact on minority mortality rates.
May 11, 2018 | Quality
Around 3 percent of radiology patients miss pre-scheduled imaging appointments at any given time, researchers out of the University of Washington report in the Journal of the American College of Radiology—but mammography and ultrasound see no-show rates more than double that.
May 11, 2018 | Policy
Medical device recalls increased 126 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Stericycle Expert Solutions. More than 208 million units were included in 343 separate recalls. The average recall affected 607,000 units.
May 08, 2018 | Policy
In an imaging landscape where 64 percent of recommendations for supplemental screening are ignored by referring physicians, radiologists face a legal question: To what extent are they responsible for making sure colleagues follow through on their advice?
May 08, 2018 | Policy
California’s breast density law is scheduled to expire in January 2019. To gauge the feelings of people most affected by this possible expiration, Are You Dense and Are You Dense Advocacy surveyed more than 500 women between the ages of 40 and 74 who live in California and have had a mammogram within the last two years.
May 08, 2018 | Policy
There is “no statistically significant difference” in radiologist performance metrics when screening digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) examinations immediately compared to screening them later when the patient has left the facility, according to a new study published by Academic Radiology.
May 04, 2018 | Policy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Medical Association (AMA) recommend that patient education resources be written between a third- and seventh-grade reading level to ensure a maximum number of patients can comprehend the information.