Policy

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.

12 U.S. governors, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for the medical device tax (MDT) to be permanently repealed before the holiday break.

A new draft guidance from the FDA aims to clarify the agency’s policies concerning the production of diagnostic x-ray systems. The guidance, “Clarification of Radiation Control Regulations for Manufacturers of Diagnostic X-Ray Equipment,” once finalized, would replace the FDA’s previous guidance on this issue from 1989.

Adherence to the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria is low among ordering providers when referring patients to get MRIs for nontraumatic knee pain, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The Texas 21 coalition—a partnership among several healthcare organizations across Texas—is advocating to increase the smoking age from 18 to 21 across the state, according to a new report published in the Longview News-Journal. Raising the age, the coalition believes, will reduce the financial burdens of treating lung cancer and other diseases.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its guidance on caring for children and adolescents with sports-related concussions (SRCs), publishing the latest version in the December issue of Pediatrics.

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care has issued updated breast cancer screening recommendations for women ages 40 to 74 who are not at an elevated risk, publishing them in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The new guideline emphasizes the importance of women making screening decisions with their healthcare providers.

Members of Right Scan Right Time, a patient and survivor group managed by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), flew to Capitol Hill last week to push for the permanent repeal of the medical device tax.

State Reps. Angie Hatton and Robert Goforth have pre-filed legislation to roll back portions of Kentucky’s House Bill 2, which barred federally certified radiologists from reading x-rays in black lung compensation cases.