Healthcare Economics & Policy

A new proposal released Oct. 18 by the FDA to strengthen cybersecurity protection for medical devices, including medical imaging equipment, will supersede a guidance originally issued in 2014.

A new study by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) showing that the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax is significantly flawed has gained support from the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), according to a recent MITA news release.

The agreement—announced in an FDA press release published Oct. 16—is meant to increase information sharing about medical device cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats, enhance shared technical capabilities and coordinate appropriate device testing.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) offered 24 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for valuation during the October 2018 American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) meeting in Chicago.

The 2.3 percent medical device tax violates sound tax principles and negatively affects various segments of the healthcare industry, according to a new report released Thursday, Oct. 11, by the San Francisco, California-based Pacific Research Institute.

King’s College London announced a partnership with technology giant NVIDIA to use its artificial intelligence solutions to improve radiology and pathological care for patients in the U.K.’s National Healthcare System (NHS), according to a NVIDIA report.

The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) announced their support of the FDA’s recent efforts to strengthen medical device cybersecurity with the “Medical Device Cybersecurity Regional Incident Preparedness and Response Playbook” created in coordination with the MITRE Corporation.

Researchers estimated the average downstream cost of incidental pancreatic cysts identified on MRI at $460 per finding, according to an Oct. 9 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. It may suggest a need for targeted efforts to promote greater guideline adherence.

The American College of Radiology’s Commission on Patient and Family-Centered Care (CPFCC) announced Oct. 10, the creation of a new Population Health Management (PHM) Committee.

Charles Apgar has been named executive vice president of the American College of Radiology (ACR)’s Center for Research and Innovation (CRI), according to an Oct. 8 release from the organization.

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes in Beloit, Wis. and the Janesville, Wis.-planned SHINE Medical Technologies may receive a portion of the $20 million in federal technology funding bill approved by President Donald Trump to produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99).

Authentic4D, a Detroit, Michigan-based company focused on medical imaging review technology, announced this week that it has raised $5 million to enhance its analytics platform. The funds will also go toward expanding the company’s sales and service capabilities.