Healthcare Economics & Policy

On May 22, more than 400 American College of Radiology (ACR) members will speak with their elected federal representatives to discuss four legislative priorities as part of Capitol Hill Advocacy Day at the 2019 ACR Annual Meeting.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) has released new screening mammography guidelines based on a patient’s individual breast cancer risk profile. The American College of Radiology announced their support for the new recommendations.

The joint statement—published in Thyroid—was put out by American Thyroid Association, the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the European Thyroid Association.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American Urological Association (AUA) have updated their clinical guidelines for adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy following prostatectomy.

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and numerous other societies have endorsed prostatic artery embolization (PEA) as a safe and effective method to treat an enlarged prostate in certain patients.

The FDA wants manufacturers to include additional information in premarket submissions for medical devices that include quantitative imaging functions, according to a new draft guidance from the federal agency.

"This study only answers the question about whether, in the first 12 months after diagnosis, costs of gene testing are likely to be offset by savings in avoided costs of chemotherapy—and the answer is yes," wrote authors of a new study published in JNCI.

The x-ray technology can depict movement and allows radiologists to annotate images for a more detailed clinical finding, according to the company. DDR also enables clinicians to observe the dynamic interaction of anatomical structures such as tissue and bone over time.  

“Given that health care systems are limited in their financial resources, competing surveillance strategies should be analyzed for their cost-effectiveness," wrote Paulo Henrique Lima and colleagues, in an April 17 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Switching both low-and high-income women from affordable to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) resulted in lengthy delays in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, reported authors of a large study published in Health Affairs.

A bill introduced to Congress on April 9 aims to close a Medicare “loophole” by preventing physician self-referrals for advanced imaging, radiation therapy, anatomic pathology and physical therapy. The legislation is a polarizing issue for medical societies.

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