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The blame game: MDs say lawyers, insurers responsible for healthcare cost control

A majority of doctors abdicated “major responsibility” for reducing healthcare costs in a physician survey about cost control. They also expressed a lack of enthusiasm for eliminating fee-for-service payment models.

Neiman Center: Big data analytics key to sustainability, affordability

As healthcare delivery and payment systems are redesigned, providers are shouldering a greater share of risk. They also are presented with an opportunity to employ new models to deliver sustainable, cost-effective care and cost-effective access to imaging. By leveraging big data, imaging providers may meet these dual goals, according to the policy brief "Beyond Fee-For-Service: Emerging Payment Models in Radiology," issued by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act draws support from AMIC, AUA

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013, calling for changes to the process by which USPSTF makes formal recommendations for preventive care services.

Medicare to remain solvent until 2026

The Medicare Trustees released its annual report May 31 and projected that the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust fund will remain solvent two years longer than last year’s projection, or until 2026.

The $350M question: Does postprostatectomy IMRT deliver?

Use of IMRT to treat prostate cancer, which carries a reimbursement rate approximately 50 percent higher than conformal radiotherapy, skyrocketed from zero in 2000 to 82.1 percent in 2009 among postprostatectomy patients. Despite the swift uptake, IMRT may not provide morbidity benefits among these patients, according to a study published online May 20 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Coverage with evidence development: The path forward

Coverage with evidence development, a provisional reimbursement strategy that provides coverage for promising new technologies under the condition that providers collect clinical data, has been touted as a strategy to boost clinical evidence and curb unnecessary healthcare costs. However, much room for improvement remains, and was outlined in a viewpoint published May 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act introduced in Senate

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have introduced the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act (S. 623). The Senate bill corresponds with H.R. 846, recently introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Pete Olson (R-Tex.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), and currently cosponsored by 72 bipartisan members of Congress.

Lawmakers introduce colonoscopy coverage act

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) have introduced the Supporting ColoRectal Examination and Education Now (SCREEN) Act (S. 608/H.R. 1320). The act would waive Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing for those colorectal cancer screenings where polyps are removed during colonoscopy.