Healthcare Economics & Policy

A culture of corruption allows giant companies like General Electric, Siemens, Philips and Toshiba to bribe Chinese government and hospital officials into purchasing expensive medical equipment, including imaging modalities, according to a lengthy piece published by the New York Times.

The medical imaging industry contributes billions of dollars to state economies, according to three new reports published June 12, by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA). The findings, experts say, provide more reason to permanently repeal the medical device tax.

Aidoc announced Tuesday, June 11, that it has received FDA clearance for its AI-based solution for triaging cervical spine fractures.

A jury awarded $11.5 million to a woman from Framingham, Massachusetts, in a medical malpractice suit filed against a radiologist in the state, which argued he was negligent in not adequately identifying a heart problem that eventually led to permanent brain damage, according to the Boston Globe.

The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) recently published a new chapter outlining minimum standards for preparing, compounding, dispensing and packaging sterile and non-sterile radiopharmaceuticals that are part of state-licensed activities.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is championing bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday, June 5, that would reduce prior authorization practices found to delay patient access to necessary cancer treatments.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating a handful of healthcare companies over potentially using intermediaries to set up bribes with Chinese government and hospital officials to sell medical equipment, according to reporting by Reuters.

The president of Portable Radiology Services in North Canton, Ohio has been indicted for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of nearly $2 million for billing x-ray services that were never rendered, reported Cleveland 19 News.

The FDA has released a document outlining actions taken against East Palestine Family Medical Clinic Inc. in Ohio over problems with mammography image quality at the institution and its failure to meet certain imaging criteria.

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Board of Trustees also introduced the new editor of its Magnetic Resonance in Medicine journal.

“The College firmly believes that a solution built upon proven concepts of existing statutes in the states, such as New York, appropriately balances the interests of stakeholders while leaving patients out of the middle,” according to a statement from the ACR.

If the non-expansion states had seen the same increases in CRC screening, another 355,184 people would have been screened, according to authors of a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.