Healthcare Economics & Policy

“Applying the least burdensome approach means gathering the minimum amount of information necessary to adequately address a relevant regulatory question or issue through the most efficient manner at the right time,” according to the agency. 

The Liberal National Government of Australia announced it is providing $375 million for 50 new MRI licenses at Medicare-eligible locations across the country, according to a recent release from the office of Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister for Health.

General Electric (GE) has changed its original strategy and will now aim to sell nearly half of its healthcare unit, GE Healthcare, according to GE CEO Larry Culp.

The world market for digital pathology is expected to rise to $600 million by 2022, according to a new report from Signify Research. But it will have to overcome some strong obstacles first.

The state-run website—HealthCost—reduced medical imaging costs by five percent for patients and four percent for insurers, according to Zach Brown, PhD, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“We believe that people should be able to play a more active role in managing their well-being,” Apple COO, Jeff Williams, said in a prepared statement. “As we learn over time, the goal is to make more customized recommendations that will help members accomplish their goals and live healthier lives.”

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) mandating the use of a clinical decision support (CDS) system when ordering advanced imaging tests could affect up to six million emergency department visits annually, according to estimates published in a Jan. 29 Radiology study. The law is set to go into effect in January 2020.

In 2018, the FDA approved a total of 106 new medical devices including medical imaging technologies—surpassing their record in 2017 of 99 novel device approvals, according to a recent statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, and Jeff Shuren, MD, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Jeffrey S. Klein, MD, will be stepping down as editor of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)’s journal RadioGraphics. In the wake of the announcement, the journal is now looking for a new editor.

A free lung cancer screening program using National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines detected more cancers and ultimately generated profit for the institution conducting the screenings, according to a single-center study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Previously established frameworks for creating breast cancer screening bundled payment models are achievable, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The approaches could also incorporate the rise of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).

"In taking these new steps today, we’re reaffirming our commitment to continually strengthening our review process, so that it can continue to serve and protect American patients well for years to come,” wrote FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, and Jeff Shuren, MD, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), in a recent statement.