Healthcare Economics & Policy

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent declaration to focus on early detection of cancer, though the organization is questioning how a step-change will be achieved without funding for more radiologists and clinical oncologists, according to an RCR press release published Oct. 3.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed the state’s breast and ovarian cancer screening legislation, AB 2342.

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has issued a statement in support of the recently introduced Medicare Diagnostic Radiopharmaceutical Payment Equity Act of 2018 (H.R. 6948).

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM) have submitted a letter to CMS in response to the 2019 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule, sharing recommendations and concerns with the agency.

Scientific experts are worried that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuing rule changes could weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated in the U.S., according to a report published Oct. 3 by The Associated Press.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) released an update to the ACR Appropriateness Criteria on Monday, Oct. 1. The update includes 179 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with 898 clinical variants covering more than 1,560 clinical scenarios.

Siemens Healthineers announced this week that Jane Kilkenny will be the company’s new vice president of U.S. magnetic resonance (MR) business management.

GE Healthcare still plans to separate into an independent company after General Electric named a new chairman and CEO, according to a report by CNBC.

The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs inspector general is auditing mass cancellations at eight VA medical centers across the country to determine if the VA processed and managed radiology requests in a timely and appropriate manner since 2016, USA Today reported on Oct. 1.

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) is urging the U.S. Congress to pass H.R. 6948, which would keep the pass-through status for diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals under Medicare reimbursement.

An agreement between artificial intelligence (AI) startup Paige.AI and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York is drawing backlash over the company’s exclusive rights to the cancer center’s 25 million pathology slide images, the New York Times reported.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Sept. 26, a new strategic plan for tuberculosis (TB) aiming to strengthen research, diagnostic tools and clinical efforts to tackle the disease, according to a NIH news release.