Healthcare Economics & Policy

The American College of Radiology (ACR) tallied nearly 600 “radiology-relevant” bills that have appeared in state legislatures in the fiscal year which ended June 30, 2018.
Many believe Medicare and private payers frequently deny coverage for secondary imaging interpretations—but a team of East Coast researchers found the opposite in a study analyzing Medicare beneficiaries from 2003 to 2016.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published its updated guidelines for measuring and reporting performance specifications of PET scanners on Friday, July 13.
New York-based healthcare startup Medmo may upend the imaging market with its new platform that allows consumers to name their own price for medical imaging tests such as MRIs or CT scans.
July 11, 2018 | Practice Management
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Florida is one of the eight U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) institutions investigators have contacted as part of an audit to see if the VA processed radiology requests within a proper time frame and adequately managed canceled requests, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research and Education (R&E) Foundation will award $4 million in radiology research and education grants this year, spanning 54 different institutions.
July 10, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
A recent Chicago Tribune article, citing a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study, found segregation increased black women's rates of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and doubled odds of death.
July 10, 2018 | Oncology Imaging
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are partnering to extend veterans’ access to clinical trials of novel cancer treatments, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) news release.
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) is urging the Trump administration to exempt medical imaging devices and technology from the recently enacted China Section 301 tariffs.
On July 6, the U.S. and China began what many are calling a trade war by implementing billions of dollars in tariffs on each other's imported goods, including medical imaging equipment and artificial intelligence (AI).
July 06, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence
The American College of Radiology Data Science Institute (ACR DSI) released its first use cases from the TOUCH-AI library for industry comment in order to gain feedback before it releases the entire library this fall, according to an ACR release.
Jimmie Taggart, 59, visited the clinic at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point for back pain that CT confirmed to be kidney stones. But the real trouble came when he received a $4,051 bill in the mail after the hospital said his insurance would cover the scan.
July 02, 2018 | Cardiovascular
A majority of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) in the U.S. are still MR-nonconditional, but a pair of neurologists believe hospitals need to assess their institutional policy to ensure patients have access to MRIs when needed.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted written comments to CMS, taking issue with its proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for 2019.
Self-identified radiologists tallied more than $16 million in political contributions between 2003 and 2016, a Journal of the American College of Radiology study found. The majority of those dollars went to the Radiology Political Action Committee (RADPAC).
The 17,000-member American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) named Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, president of the organization during its 29th annual scientific sessions in Nashville, Tennessee.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
Leaders from the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) expressed concern regarding a Senate Finance Committee hearing held on June 20 with the U.S. Department of Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross that considered current and proposed tariffs on Chinese imported goods.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
China and Israel are global leaders in artificial intelligence (AI) image analysis technology because of government support and industry collaboration, according to a recent Forbes article.
Healthcare Economics & Policy, Artificial Intelligence
After a year of soul searching and strategic review, GE announced its move to spin off GE Healthcare into a standalone company over the next 12 to 18 months. The goal, the company said, is a leaner corporate structure with substantial reductions in debt.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
Radiation oncologists will head to Capitol Hill Tuesday, June 26, to urge Congress to protect policies that preserve cancer patients' access to high-quality and value-centered care, during the 15th American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Advocacy Day.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
A congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., was held by a panel of representatives from the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) to discuss how medical device providers are regulated and how standards can be better aligned to ensure patient safety.
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