Aunt Minnie (4/12) reports that “Kentucky has become the 30th U.S. state to enact a” breast density notification law. This “law goes into effect in early July, according to the Are You Dense Advocacy group.”
Aunt Minnie (4/11) reports that “New Mexico’s breast density reporting bill was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (R).” While the legislation “received unanimous support in both the house and senate,” the governor “did not take action on it before the April 7 deadline, resulting in a pocket veto.”
Aunt Minnie (4/5) reports that “Siemens Healthineers has received approval from the” FDA “for its high-definition digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) technology.”
The Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research issued a statement in response to the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint released today.
According to Aunt Minnie (3/15, Yee), “the latest report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) warns that imaging could still be overused and concludes that Medicare should prioritize reimbursement for primary care over specialties like radiology.” AuntMinnie adds, “Even though growth in imaging utilization has flattened over the past eight years, the latest MedPAC report, ‘Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy,’ points to the rapid growth in imaging utilization between 2000 and 2009 as a cautionary tale of what could happen if imaging use is left unchecked.” MedPAC “expressed concern that use of imaging services is much higher than it was in 2000, noting that overall cumulative growth in imaging volume from 2000 to 2009 totaled 85%, compared with a cumulative decrease in imaging volume since 2009 of about 8%.”