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.
Apr 06, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
RadNet recently expanded its California footprint by acquiring five imaging centers in the Fresno area, making it the leading non-hospital-based outpatient imaging operator in the region, according to an April 6 release.
Apr 06, 2018 | Practice Management
Radiology staffing shortages are hitting Waikato Hospital in New Zealand. Its workforce problem led a department of health board executive to label the unit as “vulnerable” and has prompted the hospital to look for imaging specialist overseas, according to an April 5 article in Stuff.
Apr 05, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
In what some are calling the early stages in a trade war between the world’s two largest economies, the U.S. government has announced plans to place tariffs on more than 1,000 products imported from China—including medical imaging equipment.
Apr 04, 2018 | Practice Management
Stanford pediatric radiologist Heike Daldrup-Link, MD, believes radiology has a diversity problem and is spearheading a long-term approach within the university’s own department and across the entire field.
Apr 04, 2018 | Women's Imaging
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) released updated breast cancer screening guidelines, April 4—the first to recognize black women face higher risks for the disease and should be screened accordingly.
Apr 03, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
The American College of Radiology (ACR), along with more than 300 stakeholder organizations that form the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, exceeded its 2018 funding goals with the $1.3 trillion federal budget signed March 23 by President Donald Trump.
Apr 03, 2018 | Healthcare Economics
Penn State College of Medicine announced, April 2, the creation of a new department of radiation oncology, naming Rickhesvar Mahraj, professor of radiology and pediatrics, as its interim chair.