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Healthcare Economics & Policy

 

The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) strongly opposes President Trump’s 2019 budget provision that expands “site neutral” payments geared toward reducing Medicare payments for imaging services in particular outpatient settings, according to a Feb. 21 release.

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.

 

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Imaging Weighs the Evidence

Health imaging is one area of healthcare that has seen an unprecedented surge in utilization in the past decade. It is perhaps the fastest rising medical expenditure in the United States with an annual growth rate of 9 percent, nearly one-third more than the annual increase in general medical expenditures (approximately 6 percent). As such, policy-makers and payors are increasingly demanding evidence-based data to justify the utilization of many types of imaging procedures.

Reimbursement Update

The downs are outdoing the ups in radiology and radiation oncology reimbursement these days, but smart administrators can find some ways around the numbers.

Financing PACS: Balancing Financial & Technical Needs

Finding the best financial vehicle for PACS acquisition and implementation may be complicated, but researching the best-suitable option will likely bring long-term benefits.

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