Policy

In just over two months, the XR-29-2013 CT standard, also known as Smart Dose CT, becomes a reality. Does your equipment comply?

There were multiple delays. There were conflicting survey results on whether healthcare organizations were adequately prepared. There was end-to-end testing, guidance, tools and much debate.

More than 200 members of Congress have signed letters urging CMS not to go through with the change to payments for radiation oncology services included in its 2016 Medicare Physician Free Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule. 

AHRA has submitted its response to the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule, recommending a one-year delay before new XR-29 requirements are enforced and requesting additional information on clinical decision support (CDS) implementation.

The 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening recommendations were followed by a noticeable decrease in screening rates for women ages 65 and older, according to a study published in Women’s Health Issues.

Though I’m sure much of the news we write about this year will be unexpected, there are a handful of stories I’m excited to watch develop.

Radiologist Eric Schnipper, MD, provided an economic perspective on the Veteran’s Administration hospital crisis for CNBC’s “Street Signs” segment last week.