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Conversations about compensation are among the toughest for healthcare leaders to navigate. Add accusations of gender bias, and it’s a powder keg.

Ensuring mission and money in faculty compensation plans is a tall order for academic medical centers.

Royal Philips announced it will be relocating its North American headquarters in Massachusetts from Andover to Cambridge in 2020. The new location, including a 243,000-square-foot facility, will house 2,000 employees, while 300 ultrasound system manufacturing positions will stay in Andover, according to the Boston Globe.

Researchers performed a county-level analysis of the U.S. radiologist workforce, breaking down both the overall supply of radiologists in the nation as well as the subspecialization of those radiologists, and published their findings in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

CMS data from accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) reveals that higher MRI utilization rates are associated with “small but significant” cost savings, according to a recent analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. No such correlation was seen for CT utilization rates.

 

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More women over 70 are obtaining mammography screening

More older women undergoing mammography due to increasing incidences of breast cancer. Screening is also more prevalent in older populations because of the National Health System’s Breast Screening Program (NHSBSP) extension in England, according to a new study published in the November issue of Radiography

UK experiencing ‘desperate’ shortage of radiologists

Figures released by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) point to an ongoing shortage of radiologists in the United Kingdom. Nearly 97 percent of radiology departments in the U.K. were unable to meet diagnostic reporting requirements in 2016. 

JACR seeking new editor-in-chief

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Thursday it was seeking a new editor-in-chief for its journal, the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).

CT angiography helps decision-making in referral hospitals for stroke patients

Researchers examined how vascular imaging at referring hospitals may provide an avenue for better informed decisions by a care team in determining transfers for thrombectomy.

Radiologist sentenced to jail time for fraud

Jean-Francois H. Geschwind, MD, a radiologist who previously worked at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, has been sentenced to a year and a day in jail after pleading guilty to four counts of mail fraud back in July. He was also ordered to pay more than $580,000 in restitution.

MEDNAX acquires Connecticut-based Jefferson Radiology

MEDNAX announced Thursday it has acquired Hartford, Conn.-based Jefferson Radiology and Jefferson Imaging Associates. It was a cash transaction, and no other terms of the deal were made public.

What radiologists can learn from reviewing malpractice claims data

Interpretation errors and communication failures are two of the largest issues that lead to malpractice claims in radiology, according to new research published in Diagnosis. Understanding ways to improve in these areas can help specialists “play a vital role in facilitating optimal patient care.”

Does R&D for cancer drugs cost less than industry-backed estimates?

The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development estimates it costs $2.7 billion to bring a drug into market, taking into consideration research and development (R&D) expenditures by pharmaceutical companies. One of the main justifications for high drug prices is the substantial R&D costs to bring drugs to American consumers—but does it really cost that much?

Anthem policy pushes outpatient imaging out of hospitals

Anthem made headlines this summer by pulling back from several Obamacare exchange programs, but that’s not the insurance giant’s only big policy change of 2017. The Imaging Clinical Site of Care program, administered by Anthem subsidiary AIM Specialty Health, requires outpatient MR and CT scans not considered medically necessary to be completed at a freestanding imaging facility in order to be covered.

Fujifilm announces new 10-year contract with US Dept of Defense

FUJIFIM Medical Systems U.S.A. announced Wednesday that it has agreed to a 10-year contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs worth up to $768 million. The contract, part of the Digital Imaging Network-PACS (DIN-PACS) IV project, allows U.S. government healthcare providers to purchase and install solutions—including Synapse 5 PACS and Synapse VNA—from Fujifilm’s Synapse enterprise imaging portfolio.

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