Healthcare Economics & Policy

After months of statements, speculation, trade talks, tweets and threats, the U.S. government has officially put tariffs in place on $50 billion worth of products imported from China, including medical imaging equipment. X-ray, CT and MRI equipment are all on the list of products included in this announcement.
Academic radiology practices offering run-of-the-mill exams like mammography, MRI and CT are likely losing around $1 million per year to missed imaging appointments and no-shows, according to a study published this June in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.
Strategic Radiology announced Thursday, June 14, that South Bend, Indiana-based X-Ray Consultants has joined its coalition of private practice radiologists.
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Foundation announced this week that it has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to 66 recipients for the 2018-2019 academic year.
A study in the latest edition of Research Policy, looking at the 2.3 percent excise tax imposed on medical devices in 2013, found it significantly reduced research and development investment, sales revenue, gross margins and earnings.
On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Radiology Partners announced the addition of 30 client sites—pushing its total hospitals, clinics and imaging centers over 600 in 16 states.
The Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis announced this week the establishment of a new research center dedicated to advanced breast cancer research.
Jun 04, 2018 | Policy
Less than a week after President Donald Trump confirmed plans to proceed with tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese imports, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) has said it’s backing a bipartisan letter urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to exempt nearly $3 billion worth of medical device products from Section 301 tariffs.
False-positive breast biopsies cost the U.S. healthcare system approximately $2.18 billion each year, according to a study published in ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research.
On Tuesday, May 29, President Donald Trump indicated the U.S. would proceed with its planned tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports.
An initiative to boost Scotland’s radiologist count by at least 10 percent in the midst of a national shortage “has failed,” The Herald Scotland reported, leaving cancer patients across the country without access to potentially life-saving treatments.
Breast pain impacts more than half of all women and affects the quality of life of 41 percent of women. Healthcare resources are overutilized to treat these patients, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, suggesting imaging providers should pay closer attention to recommended protocols and referring physicians may need additional education.
May 23, 2018 | Quality
As the industry turns increasingly toward value-based care, radiologists might want to prioritize and cultivate their professional relationships, one Texan physician wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month.
A lawsuit filed by State Farm Insurance claims Detroit attorney Mike Morse had an undisclosed financial relationship with Berkley, Michigan-based Horizon Imaging, an MRI provider that accepted referrals from Morse's law firm.
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo (UB) has gained approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for its new radiology residency program.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced this week it is now accepting applications for the Bruce J. Hillman Fellowship in scholarly publishing.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) issued a reminder that the deadline to apply for the James M. Moorefield, MD, Economics and Health Policy Fellowship, is June 1.
Strategic Radiology announced Wednesday, May 16, that Los Angeles-based Tower Imaging Medical Group has joined the organization’s coalition of independent radiology practices as an affiliate.
Female representation on the editorial boards of prominent radiology journals has increased over the last forty years, according to a new study published in Academic Radiology. But, the authors noted, that increase still falls behind progress seen in other areas, including female first authorship in radiology journals and radiology faculty appointments.
May 11, 2018 | Quality
Medical students today are largely unprepared for standard radiologic interpretation as interns, according to research published in Academic Radiology this May. That lack of knowledge could be costing U.S. healthcare.
The average price of an MRI in the United States is $1,119, higher than in any comparable countries, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report examined the availability, utilization and prices of a variety of health services in countries all over the world.