Policy

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not make a significant impact on breast cancer care at a safety net hospital in California, according to findings published in the American Journal of Surgery. The authors noted, however, that more patients did have health insurance in the two years following implementation.

Though it has been in place for decades, the practice of patient shielding in radiology should be abandoned, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

The FDA has published the final guidance for its new regulatory pathway aimed at helping medical device manufacturers gain 510(k) approval by meeting certain safety and performance criteria. 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review that says clinicians should offer “risk-reducing medications” to women at an increased risk for breast cancer.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) announced Tuesday, Jan. 15, that the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology were downloaded more than 10 million times in 2018. This is a 26 percent increase compared to 2017.

Spending on treating chronic conditions has skyrocketed in the United States, but it is an investment that has paid off for patients.

The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) has issued a new policy statement on diversity and inclusion, emphasizing the belief that “all people for whom breast cancer screening is appropriate should receive the opportunity to undergo screening.”

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) has issued an updated guidance for the use of CT in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. The full document can be read in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) has earmarked £20.5 billion (approximately $26 billion) for its Long-Term Plan to prevent and detect diseases earlier. The ambitious 10-year plan is welcomed by The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and could save as many as 500,000 lives. 

From 2006 to 2015, insurance providers kept $9.1 billion more in taxpayer funds than they would have if their estimated cost forecasts for drug spending through Medicare had been more accurate. This eye-popping statistic comes courtesy of an in-depth report published Jan. 4 by the Wall-Street Journal.

Radiology practices who hope to achieve success in CMS pay-for-performance programs should consider group participation rather than each radiologist participating as an individual, according to new research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has released seven new and 19 revised topics for its ACR Appropriateness Criteria.