Healthcare Economics & Policy

“This legislation is an important step in ensuring patients are appropriately notified about their risk of breast cancer so they can make informed decisions about their care,” Dennis Durmis, chair of MITA’s Board of Directors, said in a prepared statement. 

General Electric (GE) may be halting its plan for an initial public offering (IPO) of its healthcare sector in 2019, GE Chairman and CEO Larry Culp told CNBC on Feb. 25. The announcement came after the company made a deal to sell its biopharma business to Danaher for $21.4 billion.

“There is no valid scientific data to show that thermographic devices, when used on their own or with another diagnostic test, are an effective screening tool for any medical condition, including the early detection of breast cancer or other diseases and conditions,” the FDA wrote. “The agency stresses that mammography is the only screening method proven to reduce deaths from breast cancer through early detection.”  

The Association of Anaesthetists released updated 2019 guidelines on safely administering anesthesia in MR units. The new guidelines were published in the U.K journal Anaesthesia and include 11 recommendations.

The Department of Energy’s National 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.