Healthcare Economics & Policy

Bozeman Health in Bozeman, Montana, settled a nearly three year-old lawsuit alleging a hospital within its system made millions in fraudulent claims to government health care programs in a kickback scheme with Advanced Medical Imaging, a Bozeman radiology group.

As a growing percentage of employers begin to favor high-deductible health plans (HDHP), patients are likely to start price-shopping for imaging tests. This may pose a threat to radiology practices, particularly those based in hospitals, wrote authors of a new Journal of the American College of Radiology study.

The interventional radiologist, and former chief medical officer for the U.S. Navy, Steve Ferrara, MD, lost to his Democratic challenger and former Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton in the race to represent Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, according to an ArizonaCentral report.

As a result of the misread, a North Carolina Congressman is planning to draft legislation that would allow military personnel to sue the U.S. military and federal government for injuries incidental to military service, according to a recent report by FOX 46 Charlotte.

Non-radiologist performed imaging payments comprised substantial proportions of overall Medicare reimbursement for highly-reimbursed physicians in cardiology, vascular surgery and orthopedic surgery, according to research published online Nov. 2 in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

“Brain diseases are some of the greatest mysteries in modern medicine. These projects will provide new tools and knowledge needed to discover answers for some of the most difficult neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders,” NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, said in a prepared statement. 

Police investigating the death of 32-year-old Rajesh Maru—who was sucked into an MRI machine at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, India, in January—are expected to bring new charges against Nair employee Vitthal Chavan, 35, for Maru’s death after allowing him to enter the MRI room with a metallic oxygen cylinder, according to a Nov. 5 report by The Times of India.

HealthImaging spoke with Melissa Jackowski, president of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), about the group’s legislative efforts and how they impact radiology.

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) issued an alert Wednesday, Oct. 31, warning members of an expected shortage of Mo-99 during the first-half of November, according to a news release.

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts announced they will give “preference” to freestanding imaging clinics over hospital-based centers through its split-level cost-sharing for x-ray and advanced imaging program, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

International interventional radiology (IR) societies committed to provide stroke training to interventional radiologists to help expand the number of those trained in endovascular stroke therapies, according to a statement published online Oct. 28 in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

Grants to study imaging-based technology have been included in a recently signed law geared toward developing opioid alternatives for pain management. The inclusion was championed by the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) in a recent news release.