Economics

Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran revealed the news in a letter to governors sent on Friday, Jan. 22. 

The agency has ordered six major commercial insurers to share 2015-2020 data to better understand how these trends alter competition.

Based in Andover, Massachusetts, the company helps hospitals and other healthcare organizations connect devices and EHRs through its vendor-neutral system. 

An ultrasound exam at Montefiore, for instance, runs roughly $800 more than the average in New York City, while a CT is $2,200 more expensive and an MRI $4,000 pricier, UHC claimed. 

Out of 20 common IR procedures included in the analysis, only one experienced a pay increase between 2012 and 2020, researched found. 

On the heels of Mednax selling its imaging business line to Rad Partners, SimonMed and LucidHealth are also allegedly entertaining offers, according to a recently published report. 

Officials said the pact will remain in place after Hitachi completes the sale of its imaging products to Fujifilm. 

All told, the private equity-backed physician services firm employs more than 900 radiologists operating in 570-plus facilities. 

CMS had originally planned to kick off the mandatory bundled-payment effort in July, but will now punt the go-live date to Jan. 1, 2022. 

“Implementing this revised policy will deny patients access to state-of-the-art imaging," college CEO William Thorwarth Jr., MD, wrote this month. 

SBA believes Judge Michael Williamson overstepped his authority in June when he ruled that yanking away funds from Gateway Radiology was discriminatory

Lawmakers said they hope to attach this "important new patient protection" to the end-of-year funding package.