The American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued a statement applauding Congress for passing the $1.1 trillion, 2,000-plus page Omnibus Spending Bill late last week.

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has released a statement praising Congress for including the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act in the $1.1 trillion, 2,000-plus page Omnibus Spending Bill announced earlier this week.

The FDA has announced that mammography facilities are no longer required to maintain a printer and/or the ability to print hard-copy images. The decision is now up to each individual facility.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and numerous colorectal cancer care advocacy groups are publicly urging Congress to pass the recently introduced CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act (S 2262). If passed, the bill would provide Medicare coverage for seniors who choose CT colonography. 

Medicare contractors are scheduled to begin accepting claims for low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening on Jan. 4, 2016. As the American College of Radiology (ACR) pointed out in its detailed summary, the claims can be retroactive up to Feb. 5, 2015. 

CMS released both the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) final rules for 2016 on Oct. 30, and the American College of Radiology (ACR) issued a separate statement on each rule.

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.