Healthcare Economics & Policy

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) mandating the use of a clinical decision support (CDS) system when ordering advanced imaging tests could affect up to six million emergency department visits annually, according to estimates published in a Jan. 29 Radiology study. The law is set to go into effect in January 2020.

In 2018, the FDA approved a total of 106 new medical devices including medical imaging technologies—surpassing their record in 2017 of 99 novel device approvals, according to a recent statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, and Jeff Shuren, MD, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Jeffrey S. Klein, MD, will be stepping down as editor of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)’s journal RadioGraphics. In the wake of the announcement, the journal is now looking for a new editor.

A free lung cancer screening program using National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines detected more cancers and ultimately generated profit for the institution conducting the screenings, according to a single-center study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Previously established frameworks for creating breast cancer screening bundled payment models are achievable, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The approaches could also incorporate the rise of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).

"In taking these new steps today, we’re reaffirming our commitment to continually strengthening our review process, so that it can continue to serve and protect American patients well for years to come,” wrote FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, and Jeff Shuren, MD, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), in a recent statement.

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) announced that Dennis Durmis, senior vice president of Bayer Radiology, Americas region, will be the next chair of its Board of Directors.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Virginia's State Senate’s Education and Health Committee voted not to send the bill to the full state Senate for a vote, according to a recent report by the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia.

The new evidence-based clinical recommendations seek to help labs better use quantitative image analysis (QIA) in HER2 testing for breast cancer.

The FDA recently gave 501(k) clearance to medical imaging device iCertainty which noninvasively shows blood flow without the need of injection, dyes or radiation.

Data from the Australian government revealed that costs within the department at Canberra Hospital in Australia have been steadily increasing over the past three years, largely due to unplanned staff leave and medical supplies, according to a recent report by The Canberra Times.

A coordinated program to reduce fluoroscopy radiation resulted in a three- to eight-fold reduction in high-dose procedures performed over an eight-year period, according to a single-center study published Jan. 15 in Radiology.