On May 17, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) announced the Value Initiative Industry Alliance—a collaboration among corporate community members that will help implement the organization’s Value Initiative and advance nuclear medicine.
May 16, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
On Tuesday, May 16, the vice president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) testified in front of an Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) committee, stating the proposed tariffs on Chinese imports would equate to $2.25 billion in taxes on many of its members, which include medical imaging device manufacturers.
May 11, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
A recent Black Book Market Research survey of administrators from 709 hospitals and inpatient organizations found medical imaging among the most popular services hospitals are considering outsourcing to save money.
May 10, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The U.S. leads 22 comparable countries in MRI price, availability and use, according to a data report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report was recently presented at a forum held by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare in Washington, D.C.
May 07, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
In 2015, Medicare spent $762.1 million on imaging services in Massachusetts, with per beneficiary spending 14 percent higher than the average state. A Boston Business Journal report suggests increased imaging costs and higher utilization of imaging services are to blame.
Apr 27, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Chris Tomlinson, VP of enterprise radiology at Jefferson Health and finance chair at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA), spoke with HealthImaging about these issues—and why the "commoditization” of imaging may be at the heart of the problem.
Apr 26, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said his administration is working on an updated “new regulatory framework” to promote the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare, and he expects medical imaging to be at the forefront of AI-based healthcare devices, according to a report published by The Hill.
Apr 23, 2018 | Molecular Imaging
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) addressed two letters to Aetna recommending the health insurance giant alter its radiopharmaceutical coverage policy to include PET imaging agents dotatate and fluciclovine.
Apr 23, 2018 | Cardiovascular
CMS updated its National Coverage Determination (NCD) conditions granting MRI eligibility to Medicare beneficiaries with implanted pacemakers or cardioverter defibrillators.
Apr 20, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Cincinnati-based TriHealth announced a $10 million investment to adopt IBM Watson’s Health Enterprise Imaging Portfolio, reports the Cincinnati Business Courier.
Apr 20, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
A group of Dutch researchers found a general practitioner’s MRI referral for patients with traumatic knee symptoms led to increased healthcare costs without any improvement in outcomes, according to a study published in Radiology.
Apr 19, 2018 | Diagnostic Imaging
A trio of researchers from Boston analyzed diagnostic imaging trends among insured Massachusetts residents from 2009 to 2013.
Apr 19, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Radiologists make an average of $401,000 a year, ranking as the fifth highest compensated medical specialists, according to Medscape's Physician Compensation Report 2018, which compiled survey results from more than 20,000 physicians in 29 clinical specialties.
Apr 18, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
In an April 18 company release, Siemens Healthineers announced FDA approval for its SOMATOM go.All and SOMATOM go.Top CT systems.
Apr 17, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The FDA released, "Medical Device Safety Action Plan: Protecting Patients, Promoting Public Health," on April 17 in an effort to enhance programs and processes to assure the safety of medical devices.
Apr 17, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The FDA approved the first use of Trace-Ability’s Tracer-QC at Massachusetts General Hospital for testing of an imaging agent used in positron emission tomography (PET)-N-13 ammonia for injection.
Apr 13, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
On Friday, April 13, the FDA approved the latest version of the SOMATOM Force, a dual source CT system from Siemens Healthineers.
Apr 12, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
A decision made by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to formally withdraw four Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking related to Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has halted national efforts to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to medical diagnostic equipment, including medical imaging equipment.
Apr 12, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Medical imaging devices require large amounts of energy, and that costs money. A recent blog post by the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) examined what leaders need to know about how they are billed for energy and what facilities can do to cut costs.
Apr 09, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Bracco Diagnostics has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against radiopharmaceutical firm Jubilant DraxImage and two affiliates, citing patent infringement on its rubidium-82 generators.
Apr 09, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Just because a patient receives two imaging exams that are exactly the same doesn't guarantee the billing will match. A Florida man had first-hand experience with this—being charged 33 times more for a second CT scan than his first, according to an April 9 article in NPR's "Bill of the Month" series.