Healthcare Economics & Policy

The Department of Energy’s Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has chosen four U.S. companies to begin negotiations with in an effort to produce Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without the use of highly enriched uranium.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the radiology community and other medical professionals to help the ACR get rid of $112 million in cuts to Medicare ultrasound reimbursement by sending invoices to the ACR that reflect the actual cost to purchase ultrasound equipment, according to a recent ACR news release. 

Federal law now requires mammography facilities include breast density information in reports sent to patients and their physicians. The mandate was included in federal funding legislation signed into law on Feb 15.

The new American Society of Breast Surgeons' recommendations are based on a comprehensive review of the most impactful evidence in modern literature, data and national guidelines.

 

 

A new whitepaper released by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) put forth a framework for establishing the difference between servicing and manufacturing activities for medical imaging devices.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have endorsed CT coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing as a decision aid to determine a patient’s risk of heart disease.

 

A new report from CNBC analyzed data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which identified the top 11 in-demand jobs paying workers an annual salary of more than $55,000 and requiring only an associate’s degree. Of the 11 jobs identified, more than half are in medical imaging and radiology. 

Tennessee Interventional Imaging Associates (TIAA) reached an agreement with Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Erlanger Health System to remain its radiology service provider, according to the Times Free Press. The parties had previously been in a contract dispute that threatened the hospital’s premier stroke program.

This exemption of certain unclassified medical devices from 510(k) requirements aims to achieve two goals: decrease regulatory burdens on the medical device industry and reduce costs required to comply with federal regulations, while allowing patients continued access to medical devices.

A contract dispute between Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Erlanger Health System and Tennessee Interventional and Imaging Associates (TIAA) is threatening to upend the hospital’s premiere stroke program, according to documents obtained by the Times Free Press.

In 2018, capital investments in startup companies developing medical imaging AI solutions reached almost $580 million—more than double the 2017 amount of $270 million, according to a new market report published Jan. 31 by Signify Research.

“Applying the least burdensome approach means gathering the minimum amount of information necessary to adequately address a relevant regulatory question or issue through the most efficient manner at the right time,” according to the agency.