Healthcare Economics & Policy

The Nashville region’s largest health-tech company, Change Healthcare, filed for a $100 million IPO March 15 in preparation for going public, according to the Nashville Business Journal.

A three-month joint investigation by Kaiser Health News and Fortune magazine has painted a disturbing picture of the state of electronic health records across the United States. The reporters spoke with more than 100 sources and found EHRs not only falling far short of their announced aims but also, in some cases, doing considerable harm.

Over a recent eight-month period, children were not often called back to the ER of an academic children’s hospital in California due to discrepant radiology reports. However, the few who had to go back for a second look rang up additional charges to the tune of an average $2,289 per patient.

Once a child’s broken arm is on the mend, little to nothing is gained by having follow-up x-rays read by both radiologists and orthopedic surgeons, according to a study conducted at Case Western Reserve University and published online March 6 in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania and Amy Klobuchar D-Minnesota introduced bipartisan legislation, Thursday, March 7, to permanently repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax.

Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Royal Philips, the company announced Thursday, March 7. The deal is expected to close in the second half of this year.

The upcoming vote on whether the U.K. will leave the European Union has prompted the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) to warn doctors of a potential delay in receiving drugs used to detect and treat cancer, the BBC reported.

The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) is again urging the FDA to remove the “black box” warning from ultrasound contrast agent (UCA) labels, following its filing of a September 2018 citizen petition with the federal agency.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) released a joint statement Monday, March 5, to quell potential fears sparked by a recent research letter investigating the presence of radioactive materials in cremated bodies.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is asking for comments to be submitted by April 15.

A radiologist in Tennessee has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the American Board of Radiology (ABR) that alleges the ABR is in violation of antitrust laws.

"The takeaway here is that screening does matter, and the expansion of Medicaid has increased usage of colon cancer screening for many Kentuckians who otherwise wouldn't have had access," wrote authors of a Feb. 22 study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.