Policy

Considering the pervasiveness of opioid misuse and abuse, people find novel avenues to access the drugs. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, released a statement outlining resource guide for veterinarians to prescribe opioids for animals.
Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements are facing major problems. During the first month of implementation in June and July, more than 5,000 residents failed to follow through on reporting that they actually worked 80 hours.
Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for heightened scrutiny over two significant healthcare deals currently underway, citing limited competition and high drug pricing concerns in a letter.
Ohio has cut pharmacy benefit managers out of its Medicaid program and instructed insurance providers to enter new contracts by Jan. 1, 2019.
A Texas lawsuit seeking a halt in the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ramping up, with oral arguments scheduled for Sept. 10. The lawsuit, which was filed by 20 Republican state attorneys general, argues the ACA is unconstitutional.
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has written a letter to the FDA about ongoing shortages of generators that produce gallium-68 (Ga-68), a radioisotope used regularly in medical imaging.
Healthcare professionals in Massachusetts will now have to undergo training in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia before they can obtain or renew licenses thanks to a new law.
Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, held a news conference Aug. 13 to call for Congress to permanently repeal the medical device tax. The House passed a bill to repeal the tax back in July, but the Senate has yet to take action.
State regulators are resisting urges by HHS to push short-term health plans after the Trump administration expanded their availability, The Hill reported.
A report evaluating five years of radiology-related medical professional liability claims found 80 percent of all diagnosis-related claims stem from the misinterpretation of clinical tests. Additionally, 80 percent of missed diagnosis claims in radiology result in either permanent injury or death.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed the state’s breast density reporting legislation into law, making it the 36th state with such a bill in place.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that physicians and patients take part in shared decision-making about both the benefits and the harms associated with lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (LDCT). According to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, however, the quality of shared decision making in today’s healthcare environment is quite low.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) Steering Committee has developed a new version of CT/MRI LI-RADS that is now in line with similar guidelines published by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).
A partnership between the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Veterans Healthcare Administration has bolstered the quality of care U.S. vets see at medical facilities across the country, according to a report published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month—and that’s only improving with the implementation of a mandatory three-year accreditation cycle.
With immigration certainly a central issue in the 2018 mid-term elections, a new study could fuel debates about the dollars and cents of policy proposals. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Tufts University found that immigrants’ healthcare costs were significantly lower than those of individuals born in the United States.
Aug 08, 2018 | Policy
After halting, then restarting, payments for the healthcare insurance risk-adjustment program, CMS has proposed keeping the payments for the 2018 benefits rule.
Policy
Aug 08, 2018 | Leadership
Three members of President Donald Trump’s private beach club, Mar-a-Lago, are running the show at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) despite not being government officials or veterans, according to a bombshell report by ProPublica.
Leadership, Policy
Aug 08, 2018 | Policy
Mammography services at a Sunrise, Florida, radiology center have been halted by the FDA until staff have sent cautionary letters to patients whose mammogram results might have been faulty, NBC Miami reported this week.
Policy, Quality
Aug 07, 2018 | Care Delivery
Overburdened imaging departments and staff shortages are compromising the efficiency—and communicative abilities—of U.S. radiologists, one clinician wrote in the Journal of Radiology Nursing this month. But radiology nurses might be undervalued as resources in the fight to ensure quality care.
Care Delivery, Quality, Policy
Aug 06, 2018 | Policy
With several recent billion-dollar deals bringing together payers and providers, the U.S. healthcare market is consolidating—but the rising concentration isn’t improving quality of care or helping lower costs.
Policy
Aug 06, 2018 | Policy
The U.S. FDA issued new draft guidelines to treat opioid use disorders that include using medication-assisted treatment drugs.
Policy