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Lena Kauffman
Lena Kauffman is a contributing writer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 - Reimbursement Cuts

In a comment letter on the final 2014 Medicare fee schedule for physicians, the ACR pointed out once more the cumulative effect on imaging reimbursement of various recent legislative and policy changes and urged CMS to adopt a “dampening” policy to limit the total amount a specific procedural code could be reduced in a given year.

 - Contract

With the addition of the 71 hospitals operated by Health Management Associates (HMA), Community Health Systems (CHS) becomes the largest hospital chain in the country, public or private, by number of facilities.

The Garden State becomes the 14th state that requires mammography providers to include breast density status in reports sent to patients.

Canada’s Calgary Scientific Inc. has become a member of the Health and Life Sciences Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program of Hitachi Data Systems
Varian Medical Systems’ updated ProBeam™ proton therapy system can now be marketed in the United States
CMS has published rules on how it will comply with requests for the actual dollar amounts it has paid to individual physicians
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has voted unanimously to reduce or eliminate discrepancies in what Medicare pays for services done in hospital outpatient departments versus physician offices and ambulatory surgery centers
Five imaging technologists at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn., are seeking damage compensation for radiation exposure they say they received from a CT scanner that operated for 7 years without adequate lead shielding in the wall between the scanner and the control room
William T. Thorwarth, Jr., M.D., FACR, will replace Harvey L. Neiman, M.D., FACR, as CEO of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in April
The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package the House approved on Wednesday restores funding to the FDA for the approval of new medical devices, including advanced medical imaging technologies