It's no secret that many hospitals and health systems across the country have experienced a dip in imaging volumes over the past year across the last year, a phenomenon attributed in large part to the economic downturn. Despite the prevailing analysis, a recent column in the Boston Globe suggests that, at least in Massachusetts, there may be another reason for the decline.
A Preview of Accountable Care's Impact on Imaging?
Adding to the controversy surrounding the 2009 USPSTF's (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) mammography guidelines is a study published in February's issue of the Journal of Roentgenology which claims widespread adherence to the recommendations would increase the number of deaths from breast cancer. The guidelines, which recommended that women begin receiving screening mammograms at age 50 rather than 40, and biennially as opposed to yearly, would result in 65,000 fewer deaths from breast cancer among the 20 million U.S. women currently ages 30-39.
New Study Claims Following Controversial USPSTF Mammography Guidelines Would Increase Breast Cancer Deaths
A recent article featured in ImagingBiz looks at potential developments in medical liability on the horizon for radiologists. Focusing on legal precedents and recent legislative action, the article discusses potential outcomes of a movement that holds radiologists accountable for communicating their findings directly to patients.
Radiologists Discuss Growing Movement for Direct Radiologist-Patient Communication