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Gina Narcisi

In November 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) shocked the breast imaging community with its controversial screening mammography recommendations, which included shifting the annual screening routine to a biannual exam for women between the ages of 50 to 74 and eliminating screening entirely for women younger than age 50 and older than age 74.

Routine evaluation of imaging research exams by radiologists may result in a high number of incidental findings. Subsequent clinical action can result in early beneficial diagnosis or lead to harm and excessive costs resulting from evaluation of radiographically-suspicious incidental findings, according to research published online Sept. 27 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Combined inpatient and outpatient imaging services are not necessarily patient-friendly. The mixed environment can be overcrowded and fraught with delays, which may ultimately impact referrals and the bottom line.

Lung nodules can be tricky. The ribs may obscure them, and smaller lung lesions associated with better outcomes may be too small to detect on a chest x-ray. In fact, clinical studies demonstrate that radiologists can miss 10 to 30 percent of lung nodules on chest x-rays. But CAD can change that picture.

Since the last HIT Policy & Standards Committee Enrollment Workgroup update, three workgroup meetings have been held and four tiger teams have been activated around privacy and security and in keeping with the think-big-but-start-small principle, said Aneesh Chopra, chair and chief technology officer of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Three years ago, the American Cancer Society (ACS) updated breast cancer screening guidelines for high-risk and dense-breasted, pre-menopausal women, recommending that this subset of patients undergo breast MRI in addition to annual screening mammograms.

The setting for the 2010 annual meeting of the AHRA: association for medical imaging management Washington, D.C.couldn't be more appropriate. As always, the meeting will focus on executive-level radiology management strategies, but this year, Beltway initiatives, including healthcare reform and new regulations, will take center stage.

In welcoming individuals to the 2014 environment, setting a framework for standards that will abbreviate the enrollment process will facilitate development of a simpler process for applicants, according to an update by the HIT Policy & Standards Committees Enrollment Workgroup on June 30.

In today's climate of diminishing reimbursement and the continuous battle to hold onto referrals and contracts, radiology practices are focused on providing superior radiology services and being fiscally fit. While there are many reasons why a radiology practice especially those offering outpatient imaging services can falter, practices that are thriving are carefully blending a combination of politics, patient research and preparation for the long-haul.

Standardizing performance measures, with the help of health IT, will make it possible to collect the right data at the right time to support performance measurement, clinical decision support, clinical research and quality improvement, said Janet M. Corrigan, PhD, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF) during a webinar hosted by the forum on June 17.