Congressional spending bill eases 2021 MPFS cuts
December 22, 2020 -- A consolidated spending bill passed by the U.S. Congress on December 21 eases the impact of proposed cuts in Medicare reimbursement that would have occurred due to changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Radiology groups are lauding the bill's passage. Read More
Washington Post article highlights Atlas role in COVID-19 response
December 22, 2020 -- The role of neuroradiologist Dr. Scott Atlas in directing the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of a critical article published December 19 in the Washington Post. The story has prompted Atlas to publish a rebuttal defending his approach in the Wall Street Journal. Read More
ASTRO lauds delay of radiation therapy payment reform
December 22, 2020 -- The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is lauding a provision included in the massive U.S. government spending bill passed December 21 that would push to January 2022 implementation of payment reform for radiation therapy procedures. Read More
Lawmakers seek to offset MPFS cuts with $3B injection
December 21, 2020 -- A U.S. Congressional committee has proposed a $3 billion infusion into Medicare that would ease pay cuts demanded by the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Radiology advocates and their allies have been lobbying for Congressional action to stave off the cuts. Read More
CT lung screening rates plunge during COVID-19 pandemic
December 18, 2020 -- During the COVID-19 pandemic surge in the spring, lung cancer screening rates dropped by almost 75%, while rates of patients with lung cancer malignancies increased by more than 200% compared to before COVID-19 restrictions went into place, according to a December 15 study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Read More
Canada to pursue decision support for imaging exams
December 18, 2020 -- Diagnostic imaging referral guidelines would be integrated digitally into clinical decision-support systems in an attempt to optimize the ordering of medical imaging exams in Canada under a new initiative backed by the Canadian Association of Radiologists and the Canadian Medical Association. Read More
JACR special edition focuses on controversial issues
December 16, 2020 -- An upcoming special edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) will focus on controversial issues facing radiology today. Called the Provocative Issue, the edition will highlight a half-dozen controversial topics, with the goal of stimulating discussion and debate. Read More
Gaps in lung nodule follow-up linked to racial disparities
December 10, 2020 -- Racial disparities affect follow-up of incidental pulmonary nodules detected on CT scans, according to a presentation delivered at the recent virtual RSNA 2020 meeting. Researchers found race to be one of several factors that can affect appropriate follow-up. Read More
CMS finalizes major cut in radiology reimbursement
December 8, 2020 -- Radiology will see a significant cut in Medicare reimbursement in 2021 if a new final rule is applied without a change to the budget neutrality requirement in the law. Sandy Coffta of Healthcare Administrative Partners offers an analysis. Read More
Atlas resigns as White House COVID-19 adviser
December 1, 2020 -- Neuroradiologist Dr. Scott Atlas on November 30 announced his resignation as an adviser on COVID-19 to the Trump administration. Atlas' four-month tenure in the position was marked by controversy due to statements he made in opposition to lockdown measures. Read More