IOM Workshop Focuses On How Quality Of Mammography Interpretation Can Be Improved

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Aunt Minnie (5/26, Yee) reports that at a May 12 workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine’s “National Cancer Policy Forum and sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS), participants reviewed current evidence on interpretation performance in mammography and considered potential opportunities for advancing research and practice,” focusing on how “the quality of mammography interpretation” can be improved. According to Aunt Minnie, “a number of leaders from the American College of Radiology” attended the workshop. 

Physicians Say Women Need Clarity On How Often They Should Have Mammograms

Friday, May 15, 2015
In a Charlotte (NC) Observer (5/15) “Viewpoint,” Dr. Matthew Gromet and Dr. Nicole Abinanti write that “women deserve clarity from the health-care community on the effectiveness of mammograms and the frequency they should have them.” A recent update to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations continues to suggest that women ages 50-74 should get a mammogram every-other-year. The article adds that that recommendation conflicts with those of “the American Cancer Society, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Radiology and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, all of which recommend annual mammograms starting at age 40.”

ACR Encouraging Radiologists To Leverage Technology To Increase Their Visibility In The Healthcare System

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Forbes (5/7) carries a Medidata article reporting that “diagnostic imaging is a critical component of the health care process, but in recent years interactions between radiologists and referring physicians have decreased, says Mike Tilkin, the chief information officer at the American College of Radiology (ACR).” The increase “in volume due to high demand for imaging and the efficiencies of digital imaging over film-based alternatives result in radiologists more likely to interact with referring physicians through electronic reports, than in a room discussing film together.” Thus, “with these changes, ACR is actively encouraging radiologists to leverage technology to increase their visibility in the health care system.” 

ACR Supports Legislation Seeking To Boost Transparency At USPSTF

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
HealthImaging (3/18) reports that “the American College of Radiology (ACR) has thrown its support behind legislation that seeks to boost transparency in the work of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).” The legislation “would also change the grading and recommendation process in light of the fact that USPSTF grades have such a substantial impact on coverage policies.” In a statement, the ACR said, “USPSTF recommendations were initially intended to provide supplementary guidance to primary care physicians, but they are now used to influence national screening program guidelines, federal and private sector coverage policies, and direct-to-consumer screening recommendations.” 

Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) introduced the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1151)

Friday, March 13, 2015
This bi-partisan legislation proposes greater transparency and new opportunities for public input into the work of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).