Quality

Brigham and Women’s saw a nearly 21% drop in the time between completing an imaging scan and a radiologist signing off on the final report, among other gains. 

The new guidelines were compiled by dozens of stakeholders in several fields, led by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The effort is fueled by a $1.2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, with participation from big names including Johns Hopkins University. 

Currently, no unified guidelines exist for assessing tumor response in HCC patients, which can lead to excess costs from redundant imaging and ineffective therapies. 

For its part, New England’s largest safety-net hospital called the claims “baseless" while emphasizing its culture of inclusion. 

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration first revealed the imaging issue in a recently shared update.

Patients who received a more intense course of evaluation tallied $20,132 more in expenditures, but saw no difference in late-stage cancer diagnoses, experts wrote in JAMA.

That’s according to a large, retrospective analysis of this intervention, detailed in RSNA’s Radiology.

The Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network, or R-SCAN, operates by having referrers, rads and patients work together to bolster imaging appropriateness. 

The specialty has seen a decline in available MIPS metrics in recent years, as the feds have "topped out" those with extremely high national performance, experts said. 

MD Anderson piloted radiology-operated, proactive testing to help diagnose high-risk women also undergoing imaging. 

That’s partly because of the subspecialty’s broad scope and rapidly evolving technology to support physicians, experts wrote in Radiology

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