My colleague Alessa Colaianni attended the 2010 FDA meeting on medical radiation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, yesterday. Below is her report from the meeting.
Report from the FDA Public Meeting on Medical Radiation
With the House's successful vote yesterday on the changes to the reconciliation bill made by the Senate, we now have a final health care reform legislation from which to plan. I wanted to take a few minutes to give my key takeaways on the imaging-specific reforms in the bill.
Reform and Imaging: At Last Some Clarity
Imaging overutilization has come under fire in recent health care reform debates from both a cost and safety context. Variation in utilization is one of the prime indicators fueling the debate. A recent study in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) which examined the variation in imaging utilization that occurs by geographical region provides further evidence.
AJR Study Spotlights Geographic Variation in Imaging Utilization