Trained Radiologists Can Identify Abnormal Mammograms In A Half-Second, Study Suggests.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
HealthDay (8/29, Preidt) reports that research suggests “trained radiologists can identify abnormal mammograms in a half-second.” Although “radiologists would never spend only a half-second to assess a real mammogram,” the findings “suggest there are detectable signs of breast cancer that radiologists notice immediately, the study authors said.” The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Aunt Minnie (8/30) also covers the story. 

Trained Radiologists Can Identify Abnormal Mammograms In A Half-Second, Study Suggests.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
HealthDay (8/29, Preidt) reports that research suggests “trained radiologists can identify abnormal mammograms in a half-second.” Although “radiologists would never spend only a half-second to assess a real mammogram,” the findings “suggest there are detectable signs of breast cancer that radiologists notice immediately, the study authors said.” The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Aunt Minnie (8/30) also covers the story. 

Cigna Now Says It Will Pay For Screening DBT.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Aunt Minnie (8/24) reports that “health insurer Cigna said it will now cover breast screening exams performed with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).” This reverses “a decision made late last year” by the insurer. 

Mammography May Provide Opportunity For Expanded Use Of Bundled Payments In The Radiology Field, Researchers Say

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DOT Med News (8/23, Dubinsky) reports, “According to a new study conducted by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, mammography may provide an opportunity for the expanded use of bundled payments in the radiology field,” researchers found. The article quotes Dr. Geraldine McGinty, vice chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors and a member of the Neiman Institute’s advisory board, who “said in a statement, ‘As the US health care delivery system transitions from FFS to value based payments, it’s important that we [radiologists] are at the table to ensure that our patients have access to high quality imaging.’” Dr. McGinty added, “Shaping payment policy to support that access is at the core of the ACR’s mission.” 

Adding Annual Screening Tomo To 2D Mammography Starting At Age 40 May Be Cost-Effective, Study Suggests.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
HealthImaging (8/23, Pearson) reports, “Adding annual screening tomosynthesis to 2D mammography beginning at age 40 is cost-effective compared with 2D mammography alone,” researchers found. The study, which “incorporated data from a multi-institutional study of more than 450,000 patients, institutional data of 13,000 patients, literature values and Medicare reimbursement rates,” revealed, however, that “net monetary benefits of the extra exam are around three times greater for women in their 40s than for those in their 50s and older.” The findings were published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 
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