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All signs indicate that the radiology job market is turning around. The number of available positions in 2016 well exceeded the number of finishing trainees, and this trend is expected to continue as more senior radiologists retire or cut back. A 2013 Health Affairs study projected that as the U.S. population ages, demand for radiology services will grow approximately 18 percent between 2013 and 2025 (Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Nov;32(11):2013-20). 

IBA Molecular and Mallinckrodt are launching a new radiopharmaceutical company after IBA Molecular acquired Mallinckrodt’s nuclear imaging division in a $690 million sale announced in August 2016.

Connecticut-based Advanced Radiology Consultants was recognized by the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA), winning the 2017 RBMA Quest Award for Physician Marketing. 

McKesson Corporation and Change Healthcare Holdings completed their previously-announced agreement to form a new health IT company, named Change Healthcare. The new company combines the majority of McKesson Technology Solutions and “substantially all” of Change Healthcare Holdings in a $6.1 billion deal.

 

A group hailing from the University of Michigan Medical School found widespread misinformation about Affordable Care Act (ACA)-mandated breast health coverage, using a mystery shopper who spoke with insurance representatives over the phone. Their research was published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

 

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The Radiology Job Market Must Change with the Times

All signs indicate that the radiology job market is turning around. The number of available positions in 2016 well exceeded the number of finishing trainees, and this trend is expected to continue as more senior radiologists retire or cut back. A 2013 Health Affairs study projected that as the U.S. population ages, demand for radiology services will grow approximately 18 percent between 2013 and 2025 (Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Nov;32(11):2013-20). 

FDA clears Siemens Healthineers' new CT platform

The SOMATOM go. CT platform designed for high diverse sets of user needs from Siemens Healthineers has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, helping healthcare providers worldwide meet current challenges and thrive in their work environments.

IBA Molecular, Mallinckrodt Nuclear unite under Curium banner

IBA Molecular and Mallinckrodt are launching a new radiopharmaceutical company after IBA Molecular acquired Mallinckrodt’s nuclear imaging division in a $690 million sale announced in August 2016.

Advanced Radiology marketing campaign recognized by RBMA

Connecticut-based Advanced Radiology Consultants was recognized by the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA), winning the 2017 RBMA Quest Award for Physician Marketing. 

Toshiba unveils new ultrasound systems

Toshiba Medical introduced the latest iterations in their Aplio line of ultrasound scanners: the Aplio i700, i800 and i900. Increased computing power and updated beam technology expand the systems’ ability to image the musculoskeletal system, providing accurate diagnoses of sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions.

Academic radiology and funds flow models: Where do you fit in?

The advent of value-based reimbursement has tightened the purse strings on the clinical services income that academic medical centers traditionally rely on. It will become increasingly important for academic hospitals to develop a 21st century funds flow model, and radiology departments need to know where they fit into the institutional mission—both now and in the future.

Ohio's Columbus Radiology expands to Toledo

Columbus Radiology announced an expansion to 10 hospitals within the Mercy Health System, with 14 area radiologists joining Columbus Radiology to provide services to hospitals in the Toledo area. Columbus Radiology is a Radiology Partners practice, allowing them to maintain local control while taking advantage of large-scale support programs such as clinical analytics or physician leadership boards.

McKesson, Change Healthcare finalize creation of new company

McKesson Corporation and Change Healthcare Holdings completed their previously-announced agreement to form a new health IT company, named Change Healthcare. The new company combines the majority of McKesson Technology Solutions and “substantially all” of Change Healthcare Holdings in a $6.1 billion deal.

 
Veterans Healthcare system remains committed to efficiency, physician engagement

The Veterans Healthcare System is renewing its commitment to HealthLevel to collaborate on high-efficiency data analytics to improve radiology efficiency and physician engagement.

Patients face misinformation from insurers when seeking coverage

A group hailing from the University of Michigan Medical School found widespread misinformation about Affordable Care Act (ACA)-mandated breast health coverage, using a mystery shopper who spoke with insurance representatives over the phone. Their research was published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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