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Cancer screenings at the population level—rather than on an individual basis based on family history—could save thousands of lives and reduce costs, researchers reported this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Cancer survival rates are increasing worldwide, but considerable gaps still exist between nations, especially when it comes to more lethal and childhood cancers, data from the CONCORD-3 study states.

Imaging provider Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging (ONI) has been ordered to pay $16.2 million for submitting false claims for Medicare reimbursement. ONI’s owner, Richard Pfarr, is liable for more than $6 million.

The older a radiologist, the more likely they will face a lawsuit, according to recent data published from the American Medical Association’s (AMA) 2016 Physician Practice Benchmark survey.

It was back—and now it’s gone again. For two years, at least. The medical device tax, which went back into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, after being suspended for two years, is now suspended for an additional two years as a part of the deal signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 22 to end the brief shutdown of the U.S. government.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

MEDNAX acquires Tennessee-based Radiology Alliance, Infinity Management

National health solutions partner MEDNAX has announced the acquisition of Radiology Alliance and Inifinty Management headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., in an effort to expand radiology strategy to include both on-site and teleradiology services.

We shape our social media—and our social media shapes us

I don’t recall the first time I saw a peer-reviewed study analyzing the use of online social media in medicine, but I certainly remember my initial impression. These so-called “researchers,” I thought, must have needed some busy work. 

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