Policy

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has decided to expand Medicare coverage for cardiac PET, effective later this year.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has published a new white paper, Radiologic Technologist Best Practices for MR Safety, designed to help MR technologists provide the safest patient care possible.

After a new study revealed that people in Hong Kong who report high levels of stress have a 240 percent higher risk of breast cancer, researchers have recommended the government institute a universal screening program.

Russia and President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed might grab more headlines, but healthcare is still expected to be one of the most important issues of the midterm elections in November. And some candidates are using their own healthcare experiences—including their battles against cancer—as a way to connect with voters and continue the country’s ongoing healthcare debate.

The U.S. Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act on Monday, Sept. 17. The bill will authorize $7.9 billion for health agencies, including the CDC and HHS. It includes a provision that may facilitate the development on ultrasound-based therapies, a move supported by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA).

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and numerous colorectal cancer care advocacy groups issued a statement this week calling for Congress to pass the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act (HR 1298).

The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) submitted a citizen petition to the FDA asking the agency to eliminate boxed warnings from ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) because data and clinical experience show they are unnecessary.

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) submitted a letter to BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) of Tennessee urging an expansion of cardiac PET coverage.

At a Sept. 12 Capitol Hill briefing, representatives from the American College of Radiology (ACR) discussed clinical and public health viewpoints for Medicare coverage of CT colonography (CTC) with staff members of about 30 senators and congressional representatives.

Imaging professionals are familiar with the complications associated with dense breast tissue. Patients and primary care providers, though, may not know the value of a woman knowing about her dense tissue and how that will affect ensuing screening practices.

The FDA announced this week that Lakes Radiology II in Sunrise, Florida, has had its accreditation reinstated and was issued a Mammography Quality Standards Act certificate.

Legislation to extend California’s breast density reporting bill has been signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, ensuring the law will remain in place through 2025.