Advocates are pleased with plans to delay the punitive phase of the appropriate-use criteria program, but concerned about cuts to the conversion factor.

Also, two practices announce a merger in the Northeast as the acquirer strives to become the "Amazon of radiology." 

ACR disagrees with treating each provider contract equally, regardless of the practice size and market share, when determining the median rate. 

Also, Philips collaborates on new ultra-fast MRI protocol, Intelerad acquiring Heart Imaging Technologies, and 2 new FDA clearances.

The Minneapolis-based provider formerly known as CDI said it hopes to double in size in the coming years, with scale to match some of the industry's largest players.

Former Intelerad owner Novacap hopes to fuel coast-to-coast expansion for the outpatient chain, which already operates 18 locations. 

That’s according to a new analysis penned by several experts in the field and published in RSNA's Radiology

Sam Solakyan, 40, the former head of Vital Imaging Inc., faces a maximum sentence of 240 years in prison for his cross-referral scam. 

The investor service cited publicly traded Akumin's modest scale, geographic concentration in Texas and Florida, high debt leverage, and risk tied to its "aggressive" growth strategy. 

The feds published an updated list of nationally covered imaging indications and surprisingly excluded some scans, to providers' dismay. 

Previous data underrepresented office-based physicians, and that’s led to some “dramatic undercalculation” of practice expenses, advocates argued recently. 

Minneapolis-based CDI will now go by the moniker Rayus Radiology, selected from hundreds of options after a refresh undertaken with branding agency Ludwig+.

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The advanced algorithm could make a significant impact on shared decision-making. 

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