Despite a PACS imaging technology market that is relatively saturated, a growing need for additional functionality around imaging management and distribution is leading healthcare organizations to look to upgrade technology it already has in place, according to the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials Brief--the "2014 Imaging Technology Study."
Five years ago, the state of Connecticut became the first to require that women be told they have dense breasts and that insurance cover ultrasound scans for those women.
Since then, another 18 states have enacted similar laws, and Congress is considering similar legislation, as well.We know that dense breast tissue, common in many women, can make it harder for radiologists to evaluate the results of mammograms and that it could also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
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Radiology managers and imaging directors still have low expectations about the chance their facilities will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging services, according to the latest Medical Imaging Confidence Index.
Given the pressures faced by radiology practices in the form of rising costs and reimbursement cuts, they must be certain they are operating efficiently--particularly when it comes to staffing--in order to survive, according to consultant Rich Miller.
Most women who are treated for early-stage breast cancer in the U.S. undergo a course of radiation therapy that is much longer than a less time consuming version of the treatment that oncologists believe is just as effective.
A new study questions whether routine ultrasounds are necessary for women with dense breasts who have had normal mammograms.
The American College of Radiology (ACR), as well as several other medical organizations, are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its guidelines for low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening in order to increase the number of persons eligible for reimbursement for the scans under Medicare.
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