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The global ultrasound market is poised for a strong 2018 due in part to the expanded use of the imaging modality across medical specialties, along with projected growth in most major markets. Findings were published by Signify Research, an independent supplier of market intelligence to the global healthcare technology industry.

CMS announced a change in its payment policy to make it easier for patients with implantable cardiac devices to receive reimbursement for MRI scans.

Brent Shafer, previously CEO of Philips North America, has been named Cerner's new chief executive and chairman effective Feb. 1.

Today, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) sent a letter to members of Congress, urging them to repeal the medical device tax prior to Jan. 29, the date medical device companies are required to resume payments after a two-year suspension.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially announced the availability of newly drafted guidelines that ease the process of regulating medical devices while maintaining the statutory requirements for safety clearance, according to a news release.

 

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ACR presses Medicare to cover virtual colonoscopy

The American College of Radiology is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to start paying for CT colonography for seniors.

AHRA 2017 preview: Compete now or pay later

In the business world, it’s a given that competition is good for consumers. Battles over market share tend to drive quality up, push prices down and spawn new products and services. When it comes to healthcare, however, some see competition as a dirty word. Shouldn’t caring for patients be closer to a public service than a commercial enterprise? On some levels, absolutely—but not on every level, suggests David Partridge.

Texting MRI appointment reminders cuts no-shows, captures revenues

Texting on top of phoning outpatient MRI patients to remind them of their scan appointments gets them to show up, all right, although it doesn’t help spur them to arrive on time.

Common back-pain therapy may work—but it doesn’t save on imaging or other costs

Judging by thousands of insurance claims, spinal manipulation does little to tamp down the overall costs of treating low-back pain. Further, the popular therapy is often preceded by costly and unnecessary imaging exams.

Medicare has slashed imaging reimbursements by a third since 2006

It’s not news that Medicare has saved itself a ton of money on spending for medical imaging since the enactment of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. But now there are numbers to quantify the hurting the cuts have laid on radiologists and cardiologists—who’ve taken it on the chin even more.

MITA commends congressmen Costello, Peters for bipartisan legislation

Congressmen Ryan Costello, R-Pennsylvania, and Scott Peters, D-California, were commended by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) for introducing bipartisan legislation to ensure consistency in regulation for the proper servicing of medical devices.

Siemens Healthineers to acquire Medicalis to boost population health management portfolio

Siemens Healthineers announced today its intention to acquire Medicalis, a provider of workflow technology and clinical decision support to radiology groups, imaging centers and hospitals in the United States and Canada. Terms of the transaction were not immediately disclosed.

5 tips for radiology managers pursuing MACRA success

CMS’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), which went live with the 2015 enactment of MACRA, represents the biggest single development in U.S. healthcare since President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law in 1965.

Cost savings associated with radiation treatment after lumpectomy for early-stage breast cancer

Using the National Cancer Database (NCDB), researchers set out to find the potential cost savings associated with an evidence-based radiation treatment (RT) approach among women in the United States with early-stage breast cancer.

First diagnostic radiotracer supporting early diagnosis of Alzheimer's approved in Canada

Piramal Imaging SA and Isologic Innovative Radiopharmaceuticals have announced that a Notice of Compliance (NOC) from Health Canada has been issued to Isologic for NeuraCeq (florbetaben F18 injection).     

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