Healthcare Economics & Policy

In total, the groups released seven updated practice parameters that describe recommended procedures and considerations to safely administer radiation depending on practice area.

Manufacturers, hospitals, physicians and patient advocates have put significant marketing resources—including millions of dollars—into selling 3D mammograms to women, despite little evidence the modality is better than traditional mammography.

Overall rates of low-value diagnostic cardiovascular testing—including imaging—have dropped over the past 10 years, while rates of high-value, guideline-recommended testing rose slightly.

“At the end of five years, we hope to have a radioactive tracer that will be able to detect Parkinson’s early on and provide detailed information about the disease’s progression, which is critical for discovering and testing new treatments," said Robert H. Mach, PhD, a researcher involved in the project.

Pennsylvania (PA) Act 112, requires imaging facilities in the state to notify patients of abnormal imaging results. Authors of a Sept. 28 case study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology examined what this law does and how health systems are responding.

Forty-three members of Congress have signed a letter addressed to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, asking the administration to delay the proposed cuts to myocardial PET scans.

The National Cancer Institute—part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—has awarded researchers at the University of Arizona Health Sciences $3.6 million to investigate a new imaging-based method to detect breast cancer.

Mobile x-ray company Trident USA Health Services has reached an $8.5 million civil settlement to resolve allegations that it participated in a kickback scheme with skilled nursing facilities.

The revised paper, “Considerations for Remanufacturing of Medical Imaging Devices,” is updated from a version released this past February and, again, requests that the FDA clarify the distinction between servicing and remanufacturing.

Radiologists with lifetime certification are more likely to forgo participation in American Board of Radiology (ABR) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs than those with time-limited certification, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

The American College of Radiology suggests CMS delay the start of its new radiation oncology (RO) model to allow radiation oncologists adequate time to prepare for participation in the new model, according to a Sept. 16 comment letter.

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