Healthcare Economics & Policy

Reps. Paul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) added an independent dispute resolution amendment to the No Surprises Act, a move the American College of Radiology described as a "crucial step" toward resolving surprise medical billing.

After looking at more than 12,500 preventative office visits included in the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, researchers reported that the rate of screening breast ultrasound ordering by physicians has remained low.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has expressed “serious concerns” with the No Surprises Act— legislation geared toward ending surprise medical bills, in a July 16 statement.

Industry leaders, including the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), hosted a Capitol Hill Briefing July 17, to discuss a bipartisan bill that would expand patient access to diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals.

The FDA has approved Bayer’s gadobutrol (Gadavist) injection for use in cardiac MRI, making it the first contrast agent approved for the imaging technique, according to a statement from Bayer.

The average salary of a radiologic technologist jumped by 5.3% over the past three years, according to figures released by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

CMS revealed details for their newly proposed alternative payment model for radiation oncology on July 10. The American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) believes the model, with adjustments, "will incentivize higher quality, more convenient radiation treatments for patients and support their journey toward a cure."

The average base salary for radiologists continues to grow, checking in at $387,000, up 4.3% from $371,000 in 2017/2018, according to a new report from Merritt Hawkins.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Board of Directors announced more research is needed before recommending the removal of gonadal and fetal shielding during x-rays, despite another medical association’s call to end the practice.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has expanded its ACR AI-LAB pilot program geared toward helping radiologists develop AI models without the use of coding language.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published an updated edition of its manual for measuring and reporting performance parameters of SPECT scanners.  

 

“New technologies that are approved by the FDA but not reimbursed by CMS face a classic ‘Catch 22’,” said Mark Carol, MD, chair of MITA’s Focused Ultrasound Section.