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Patients are often required to pay high out-of-pocket costs for advanced imaging services, especially when out of their network, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The authors suggested that radiologists should communicate these costs to patients to help prevent “surprise billing.”

Infused chemotherapy is associated with lower costs for commercial insurance providers when administered at a physician’s office compared to a hospital outpatient department (HOPD), according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.

Siemens announced this week it is planning to list its healthcare division, Siemens Healthineers, on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany sometime in the first half of 2018. The initial public offering (IPO) is expected to take place as early as March.

Many of radiology’s hottest topics are closely connected to health IT personnel and technologies, making HIMSS18 in Las Vegas an especially enticing meeting for any imaging professional. Christopher J. Roth, MD, associate professor of radiology at the Duke University School of Medicine and a member of the HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup, spoke with RBJ to preview HIMSS18 and talk about the industry as a whole. 

Anthem is forging ahead with its decision to push outpatient imaging out of hospitals. Is the insurance giant a pariah or a harbinger? 

 

Recent Headlines

Mednax reportedly fielding interest from private equity firms

Mednax, the Terrace Sunrise, Fla.-based healthcare provider, is “fielding acquisition interest” from numerous private equity firms, according to a story reported Friday by Reuters. Mednax acquired teleradiology giant vRad in 2015 for $500 million.

6 Steps to Successful Asset Management in Radiology

How to Help Your Practice Make Objective, Informed Decisions on a Tight Budget  

FDA: Thermography not on par with mammography for breast cancer screening

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Oct. 27 reminder that thermography is not an acceptable substitute for mammography.

MACRA ‘wake-up call’ rung for radiology

If the past predicts the future, then radiology isn’t going to fare especially well in the MACRA era. Under Medicare’s last pay-for-reporting program, the Physician Quality and Reporting System (PQRS), most radiologists only minimally showed their work, researchers have found. Those who deal the same way with MACRA—the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act—are setting themselves up for punitive payment adjustments.

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.

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