Healthcare Economics & Policy

The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in England announced this week it had been spending between £2 million and £2.5 million—up to $3.2 million in U.S. dollars—each year to rent MRI scanning equipment from a private company, according to the Northern Echo.
Healthcare providers in Scotland have outsourced more than 398,000 imaging exams to external providers since 2015, according to statistics released by the Scottish Liberal Democrats this week.
New York University School of Medicine will cover tuition expenses for all new and current medical students, according to an Aug. 16 university release. The scholarship initiative, the first such program at a top-10 medical school, will cover $55,000 in costs for all students in the MD program.
Health insurers in Kansas will be required to cover 3D mammograms starting next year, making it at least the eighth state in the U.S. to enact the policy, the Kansas City Star reported this month.
Last year was the first time in a decade physician salaries didn’t increase by at least 2 percent, according to a survey published this week by AMGA Consulting. Though radiologists saw a dip in their average salaries, they’re still faring well compared to specialties like neurology and internal medicine. 
Fans of the “Star Wars” films have been dressing up as their favorite characters for decades, but two groups based out of Boise, Idaho, have joined forces to do something bit different: build their very own pink stormtrooper costume.
Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, Scotland, will lose its last interventional radiologist in a substantive post this week, prompting the chair of a prominent radiology group to declare the country’s physician shortage a “red alert” situation, the BBC has reported.
A technologist at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, has been fired for using a racial slur Aug. 11 at a local donut shop.
DiA Imaging Analysis, a Be'er Sheva, Israel-based startup focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and medical imaging, announced this week that it has closed a $5 million round of funding.
The former business manager of a breast cancer center has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for wire fraud and tax fraud, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.
Strategic Radiology announced Thursday, Aug. 9, that Kansas City, Kansas-based United Imaging Consultants (UIC) has joined the company’s coalition of private practice radiologists.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative has announced that the U.S. government’s previously announced second round of tariffs on Chinese imports—impacting approximately $16 billion worth of products—is now official.
Most radiation oncology fellows will go on to hold jobs in academic radiology, according to a report published this week in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics. And more than a third of trainees in pediatrics or brachytherapy go on to hold jobs where those fellowship skills aren’t valued.
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has denied a radiologist’s request for a new trial over an ongoing dispute with a former employer.
The Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink, an annual fundraiser that includes both an early-morning paddle board race and an elegant party, occurred Saturday, Aug. 4, raising $1.4 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
In Maryland, annual compensation is lower for female radiologists than it is for male counterparts, according to new survey data collected by Merritt Hawkins.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
Performing a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) is a crucial part of the decision-making process for any imaging provider. The industry lacks consistency when it comes to exactly how CEAs are carried out, however, which can make their conclusions less reliable.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
Fujifilm’s Aspire Cristalle breast imaging system violates four patents owned by Hologic, according to the initial ruling on July 26 of U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Clark Cheney.
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Radiology is now the fourth most requested physician search assignment, according to a new report from Merritt Hawkins. The specialty’s average starting salary, however, is down 15 percent—dropping from $436,000 in 2017 to $371,000 in 2018.
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The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) testified this week in front of the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on the potential harm that could result from the U.S. government’s latest round of proposed tariffs on products imported from China.
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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal the medical device tax, originally implemented as a piece of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, by a vote of 283 to 132. Fifty-seven Democrats voted with Republicans to eliminate the 2.3 percent tax. All eyes are now on the Senate to see what may happen next.
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