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Siemens’ healthcare division, Siemens Healthineers, began trading on Germany’s stock exchange Friday, raising $5.2 billion (4.2 billion euros) by selling 15 percent of the company. Shares of were issued at 28 euros each but opened at 29.10 euros each.

The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) recently announced a new campaign to reach 6,000 members, according to an association press release.

The legislation would have let nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists perform and supervise medical imaging procedures, according to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

The FDA warned providers of increased image artifact associated with magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) follow-up imaging in patients with specific neurovascular embolization coils, according to a March 15 FDA letter.

The European Society of Radiology (ESR)’s annual meeting—the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2018—wrapped up on March 4th in Vienna. Signify Research, a healthcare consulting company published its takeaways in a March 12 report from principal analyst Steve Holloway.


Recent Headlines

Neiman Institute’s Hughes: Post-MACRA, ‘where else can radiology take a leadership role in driving care quality and adding value?’

When it comes to adapting to U.S. healthcare’s transition from volume- to value-based reimbursement, radiology is “leading the charge for non-patient-facing providers in a world that’s geared almost entirely around the direct patient-facing experience.”

RSNA foundation awards a record $4 million to up-and-coming researchers, scholars

By the time 2016 is in the books, RSNA’s Research & Education Foundation will have supported 101 young researchers in 54 academic medical institutions to the tune of $4 million in grants. 

ACR preliminarily pleased with 2017 physician fee schedule

Last Thursday, CMS proposed changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The American College of Radiology quickly said it would be reviewing the details in the coming weeks and—in advance of that activity as well as of the September 6 comment deadline—noted its overall approval of the proposed rule as released. 

Royal Philips acquires PathXL, hopes to boost digital pathology industry

Dutch healthcare technology company Royal Philips bought the Northern Irish pathology image analysis firm PathXL, Royal Philips announced June 21.

Teaching hospital documents the pros and cons of going to overnight attending rad coverage

In 2013 Boston Medical Center, a 496-bed teaching hospital affiliated with Boston University, bit the bullet and rolled out 24/7 in-house attending radiology with an eye on improving patient care. The bitten bullet ended up carrying an annual price tag of $850,000. Have the returns been worth the investment?

Millennial rad residents learn healthcare economics better with apps

Recent survey data revealed that most radiology residents cannot estimate imaging costs within 50 percent of accepted Medicare fees. Armed with this eyebrow-raising insight, researchers from Harvard and Brown Universities have studied the use of iPad apps for teaching tech-savvy millennials the basics of healthcare economics. Their conclusion: The approach works. 

Decision support probably isn’t to blame for much ‘imaging leakage’

It’s understandable that hospital systems might balk before setting up ordering providers with order-entry clinical decision support (CDS) tools that, in theory, stand to drive imaging referrals outside the system. After all, referrers have been known to get around CDS recommendations they don’t like by simply sending patients elsewhere. 

Brain science acts to manage a scientist surplus while averting a brain drain

It’s a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem: There are more PhD students training for careers in neuroscience research than academic institutions can possibly employ. 

NBA partners with GE Healthcare on $1.5 million in injury research funding

With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, the league is also working to fund research focused on protecting players from injury.

PCORI earmarks more than $40 million for patient-centered research projects

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced $44.4 million in funding for 21 new clinical effectiveness research studies centered around patient care, according to a press release.