Ben Lauing, Imaging Performance Partnership
Released yesterday, the third edition of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer guidelines includes the recommendation that providers offer annual low-dose CT scans for patients at high risk.
While the ACCP introduced this recommendation last year, its inclusion in the updated guidelines further validates the clinical utility of CT in the diagnosis of lung cancer. This official acknowledgement may be welcome news to imaging providers who face flat or declining volumes and seek new opportunities for growth.
New screening guidelines indicate CT for lung cancer
Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership
In the past few years, we’ve heard increasing concern from members about volume volatility in imaging. While we do predict modest increases in imaging volumes across 5 and 10 year time frames, declines are occurring in some modalities from one year to the next. Therefore, helping you understand national trends in imaging volumes has become one of our top priorities each year.
How did your imaging volumes measure up in 2012?
Following a long road of uncertainty and speculation on the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), yesterday we got our answer. The Supreme Court upheld the health care reform law, including the individual mandate which requires most Americans to purchase health insurance.
The decision comes 17 months after a federal district court judge ruled the mandate unconstitutional and concluded that the PPACA must be struck down, and three months after the Supreme Court heard arguments in National Federation of Business versus Sebelius.
The Supreme Court upholds the ACA: Three takeaways for imaging providers