Healthcare Economics & Policy

Philips Healthcare will supply the Department of Defense with a digital imaging network PACS under a $88.5 million contract, according to a report from The Motley Fool.

GE Healthcare has signed an agreement to acquire Golden, Colo.-based Unisyn Medical Technologies, a diagnostic imaging products and services provider, according to Zacks Equity Research.

Officials in Washington, D.C., appear poised to green-light a pair of proton beam therapy treatment centers at a total cost of $153 million. The centers would join a third, which is in the construction stage, in Baltimore. The story, posted on NPR, details the cost concerns of proton beam therapy. Read more at the link below.

Late last month, stories circulated that the list of potential buyers for Carestream Health, which was being auctioned by Onex, was quickly shrinking. Now, reports are the list has gone from shrinking to nonexistent, as Onex has called off the auction.

The answer, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek article, is a resounding yes. Writer Charles Kenny argues that the path to improved health lies in keeping patients out of doctors’ offices and bolsters his assertion with some fairly compelling insights.

As healthcare reform expands access to care, 30 million people will become covered by 2014, requiring more resources for primary health care training, according to a report from American Medical News.

Headlines about the sequester budget cuts over the last week have focused on airline delays and Federal Aviation Administration furloughs, but the impact of the cuts could be taking a much graver toll on Medicare patients with cancer.

It appears there are just two remaining potential bidders vying for control of Carestream Health, according to a Reuters report.

Another Tax Day has come. This year brings a bitter reminder of the perils of U.S. tax policy, particularly the ill-conceived medical device tax. The tax has gobbled an estimated $450 million from manufacturers’ pockets since Jan. 1. While costs could hit $2 billion annually, the true costs in terms of foregone opportunity in medical advances could be incalculable. In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Siemens Healthcare CEO Gregory Sorenson makes an impassioned appeal on behalf of current and future patients for the repeal of the tax.

A first look at President Obama’s proposed budget indicates that the POTUS has set his sights on the oft-reviled Stark loopholes.

Raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 years may epitomize the phrase penny wise and pound foolish, according to a National Public Radio feature.