Healthcare Economics & Policy

When finalized, the draft will supersede the guidance first issued on the subject in 1989 by the FDA, entitled the “Clarification of Radiation Control Regulations for Diagnostic X-ray Equipment."

The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL) was awarded a five-year, $6.3 million grant to establish a new research center to develop and test novel PET tracers.

The Right Scan Right Time patient and survivor community network of the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) met with Senators at Capitol Hill last week urging for permanent repeal of the medical device tax, according to a recent MITA news release.

Radiology has the highest use of telemedicine for patient interactions than any other medical specialty, according to results from a nationally representative survey published in the December issue of Health Affairs by the American Medical Association (AMA).

If finalized, the proposed regulations and requirements of the new rule will “provide structure, clarity and transparency” for the De Novo classification process and include processes and criteria for accepting, granting, declining and withdrawing De Novo requests, according to the FDA.

Valerie P. Jackson, MD, was named president of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Board of Directors, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at its annual meeting in Chicago.

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) elected Jeffrey S. Klein, MD, to its board of directors at its annual meeting in Chicago. Klein will serve as the board liaison for publications and communications.

The FDA has announced plans to modernize and finalize its 510(k) clearance pathway as part of a continuing effort to advance the review of safety and effectiveness of medical devices, according to a recent statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, and Jeff Shuren, MD, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

The NFL, on Thursday, Nov. 15, awarded more than $35 million in grants for research focused on the diagnosis and treatment of concussion-related brain injuries, according to the league. The grants are part of its 2016 commitment to enhance player safety.

NHS England has announced plans to do a major overall of its national cancer screening programs as part of its Long Term Plan, an initiative aimed to improve patient care and outcomes, according to an NHS press release published Nov. 15.

Over the coming weeks, CMS will unveil a mandatory Medicare payment model for radiation oncology, Alex Azar, Health and Human Services secretary, said in a recent speech. The announcement drew a mixed reaction from the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

A tweet posted Wednesday, Nov. 7 by the National Rifle Association (NRA) telling doctors who have entered the gun control debate “to stay in their lane” has sparked outrage amongst U.S. physicians and medical professionals who have since taken to Twitter to express their discord, according to a recent report by The Washington Post.