A lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in an effort to get it to change its policy regarding Medicare reimbursement for the use of PET beta-amyloid scans to detect Alzheimer's disease.
Last December, when the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening for high-risk smokers, it was all but a foregone conclusion that the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) would follow suit and recommend it to be covered by Medicare.
MEDCAC panelists advanced several reasons for their failure to support LDCT screening for the Medicare population, such as their lack of confidence in the evidence that the benefits of screening outweigh the harms, as well as concerns that about evidence gaps regarding the use of LDCT in the Medicare population.
But now, two recent studies seem have supplied evidence that supports lung cancer screening for Medicare patients. Article
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The use of transcranial Doppler ultrasound can help to identify asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis patients who are at risk for stroke, according to a study published online in Radiology.
The use of ultrasound to detect kidney stones is just as effective as CT, according to a study in the Sept. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Radiation therapy costs depend more on the location where the treatment is being provided and the type of facility that is providing the treatment than on factors relating to the type of patient or disease, according to a study published this month in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology.
The freestanding outpatient imaging market--marked by continuing cuts to the Medicare Physician Fee Service Technical components, narrow-provider networks, preauthorization demands and sophisticated IT requirements--remains a market susceptible to consolidation, according to Radiology Business Journal's annual report on the "20 Largest Freestanding Outpatient Imaging-center Chains."
Shreyas Vasanawala, an associate professor of radiology at Stanford University, and a team of collaborators are looking to break down barriers that prevent children from getting MRIs with research support from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
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