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According to a new study, the percentage of uninsured cancer survivors decreased by 4.7 percentage points after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Eliminating cost sharing for mammography under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) resulted in an uptick in utilization of preventative cancer screening services by women, according to The New England Journal of Medicine.

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.


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JACR: The upside of bureaucracy
As solo physicians become increasingly corralled up by multispecialty practices and larger organizations, medicine faces a growing bureaucratic trend, for patients and physicians. Though the thought of bureaucracy may conjure negative sentiments, radiology can learn and benefit from some important models of bureaucracy, according to the author of an article published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Mercy hospitals moving from teleradiology to self-employed rads Three Ohio-area hospitals have decided to cut short their contract with teleradiology provider Imaging Advantage in an attempt to shift to a self-employed radiology model by the end of 2012.
Q&A | Incidentalomas: Managing Ancillary Findings As the government and payors try to rein in imaging costs and eliminate inappropriate exams, a cascade of studies has attacked radiologys handling of incidental findings. Recent articles on pulmonary emboli, cardiac CT, emergency imaging and internal medicine have pointed to the high volume of incidentalomas that bring about additional testing, potential complications and on the whole, little change to patient management.
Building a Better Bottom Line The business of healthcare in general and radiology specifically has grown exponentially more challenging in recent years. A variety of factorsan aging population, healthcare reform, evolving payment modelshave converged and unleashed a storm.
Radiologist + 3 others could face life in prison for $17M billing fraud
A California radiologist who owned several medical practices, including an imaging center, has been charged with fraudulently billing workers compensation patients for false and unnecessary procedures, and faces sentences of up to 892 years in prison.
MGMA survey: Radiology compensation slips
While radiologists compensation crept downward, primary and specialty care physicians reported mixed movement in compensation in 2010, according to Medical Group Management Associations (MGMA's) Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data. The report also showed persistent regional discrepancies in compensation.
Digital Dashboards & Business Intelligence: Defined at Last Business intelligence. Digital dashboards. While the terms are often bandied about, radiologists and imaging stakeholders are striving toward more precise definitions and applications to help their practices gain maximum efficiencies. In search of a consensus, we asked leaders in the field to understand current applications and future potential.
Q&A | Imaging Insiders: Reimbursement & Reform Top RBMA Agenda Alicia Vasquez is president of the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) Board of Directors and practice administrator for Arcadia Radiology Medical Group (ARMG), an eight-physician practice in Arcadia, Calif. Health Imaging & IT met with Vasquez to discuss key issues shaping the business of radiology.
March: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb? We've seen a winter marked by snowpocalypse and political cacophony that plummeted to new lows. The slightest wisp of thaw seemed to be the air in the wake of the Tucson tragedy, but just as quickly the GOP pulled the rug out with H.R. 2, designed to repeal the job killing healthcare law.
What Reimbursement Cuts Mean The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) slashed reimbursement for diagnostic imaging centers by placing a cap on technical-component payments from Medicare for non-hospital imaging services beginning in January 2007.