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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

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. 

Put away the calipers: Pfizer increases stake in MRI body measurements

Pfizer has solidified its commitment to a Swedish firm developing an MRI-based body measurement, investing an additional $9 million into the company. Called AMRA, the technology can produce body composition measurements from a six-minute whole-body MRI.  

National rad consortium hires erstwhile journalist Proval

Strategic Radiology, the Palmetto, Fla.-based consortium of 25 radiology practices across the U.S., has hired Cheryl Proval, a former editor of Radiology Business Journal and imagingBiz.com, to lead its marketing and communications efforts.

Inland Real Estate Acquisitions purchases prominent Alabama radiology clinic

Inland Real Estate Acquisitions headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, has purchased the Radiology Clinic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 

Out with Obamacare, in with Trumpcare? Radiology thought leaders mull possibilities

As the GOP prepares to take charge of the executive branch of the federal government while maintaining its majority in both legislative chambers, it’s not just healthcare watchers who are wondering if Obamacare may soon be history and nothing but. Much of the country if not the world is watching to find out. And many are wondering: What will Trumpcare really look like?

Significant growth projected for global medical image analysis software by 2021

The medical image analysis software market is expected to see significant growth over the next four years, spurred by changes in demographics and growing economies in developing countries, according to a new report from New York-based Persistence Market Research.

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