- Sylvia M. Burwell

A major announcement rippled through the healthcare industry today: Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, introduced plans to accelerate Medicare’s move from fee for service (FFS) toward a value-based reimbursement system.

 - medical device tax

Many manufacturers of medical devices—including the sophisticated technology used to acquire medical images—claim that the 2.3% medical device tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act has caused widespread layoffs and reductions in research and development. An economic analysis from the Congressional Research Service issued earlier this month disputes those claims.

 - 3D x-ray technique recovers burnt scroll

Researchers using a 3-D X-ray imaging technique called X-ray phase contrast tomography (XCPT) have been able to read ancient Roman scrolls that were burned during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

 - Q & A with the ACR's Michael Peters: Portals and Beyond in MU 1, 2, and 3

Why do most radiologists choose not to participate in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive program? According to a recent survey of radiologists taken by the American College of Radiology (ACR) government relations department, hospital and practice issues outside of a radiologist’s control is the greatest barrier to his or her participation in the Meaningful Use program.

 - acquisition, alliance, partnership

Radisphere Radiology has been acquired by Sheridan, the physician services division of AmSurg Corp.