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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.

The NIH has announced the formation of a five-year, $70 million effort to organize, coordinate and otherwise accelerate new research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.


Recent Headlines

Rejecting the recommendations, urologists and older docs persist in ordering prostate screening

The USPSTF’s reiterated recommendations against prostate-cancer screening for men with limited life expectancy have resonated with geriatricians and younger primary care physicians but failed to sway substantial numbers of urologists and older practitioners, as shown by a large study of veterans published April 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Diagnostic imaging market set to eclipse $33 billion by 2020

A new report predicts substantial growth for the global diagnostic imaging market over the next five years, with the market expected to top $33.4 billion by the year 2020.

Market researcher sees global imaging sales approaching $37B by 2020

The U.K.-based market research firm Technavio has pegged the global medical imaging market to close in on $37 billion in revenue by 2020, according to a Feb. 26 press release from the firm promoting a report available for purchase.  

Comparative effectiveness research winning hearts and minds but not moving mountains

There is no shortage of buy-in on the concept of comparative effectiveness research as promoted by HHS’s Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality in the Affordable Care Act era, but the assent isn’t translating into impact, according to a study in the February edition of the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research.

Opinion: Physician autonomy key to outcomes improvement

The only true measure of the value a physician brings to the U.S. healthcare system is the degree to which he or she helps bring about good clinical outcomes. 

McGinty: Rads can have their Triple Aim moment and get paid for it too

Improve population health. Optimize the patient experience. And do both while cutting costs. That, of course, is the “Triple Aim,” the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s boiled-down recipe for putting the Affordable Care Act into action at the provider level. And where does radiology fit into the formula? 

As an imaging cost-cutter, high-deductible insurance may be a ‘blunt instrument’

As a way to cut overall imaging utilization and spending, increased patient cost-sharing via high-deductible health insurance seems to work. But the approach may not do much to help patients tell medically recommended exams from frequently wasteful ones. 

Another reason to think twice before getting that pricey lumbar MRI exam

A lot of people spend a lot of money searching for relief from pain in the lower back. It turns out the surest solution may also be the cheapest.

Pysch prof to researchers: Please publish studies anonymously

Flattery. Nepotism. Popularity bias. The real motives driving the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s choices of Golden Globe winners? No—a few of the foibles compromising the integrity of name-based academic research, including peer-reviewed work published in medical journals. 

Three studies, one call for imaging ‘more wisely’

The time has come for patient-facing physicians to collaborate more closely with radiologists in deciding whether or not to image. And, going forward, the decision must incorporate patients’ values about “the pressing need to perform imaging tests more wisely.”