Healthcare Economics & Policy

The 2,400-page Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015—“MACRA”—was only just finalized on October 14. But the law didn’t catch the American College of Radiology off guard. 

The technological “productivity paradox”—the lag between a given technology’s implementation and its delivery of anything of real value—is a problem in all industries but may be worst of all in healthcare. 

In a move it claims to strengthen its brand, Siemens AG announced its plan to publicly list its $15 billion healthcare division, Siemens Healthineers.

An aging, chronically ill population and the increasingly quick adoption of technology are contributors to the medical imaging management market's growth in the next five years, which will reach $5.78 billion by 2021, according to a Markets and Markets report.

Next year, the first hospital-owned imaging centers are expected to transition out of HOPPS reimbursement

IBM Watson Health and Siemens Healthineers announced a five-year “global alliance,” partnering to develop solutions for population health management. The two companies are leveraging a rapidly growing industry segment expected to both improve patient outcomes and be worth more than $30 billion by 2020. 

In the MRI suite at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital in Savannah, Ga., the numbers add up to a quantifiable success story.

A large majority of molybdenum production, roughly 95 percent, is limited to seven large reactors across the globe. Worldwide supply is soon to be further constricted with a Canadian reactor scheduled to close in October. The fragility of this supply chain underscores a need for more efficient production methods, something University of Missouri researchers hope to refine.

A University of Western Australia study has shown that ultrasound is a cost- and time-effective follow-up for women under 50 who’ve had an MRI screening for breast cancer.

Following in the footsteps of espresso and nutella, contrast-enhance ultrasound (CEUS) is crossing the pond. While it’s a common modality in Europe, U.S. doctors are relatively unfamiliar with the modality. CEUS can be a cost- and time-effective alternative to MRI or CT when visualizing the liver or the kidneys, according to Edward G. Grant, MD, chair of the USC Medical School’s Radiology Department. 

Imaging utilization figures prominently in an assessment of commercial-insurance claims that has found relatively modest use of low-value services—yet still much room for patients and physicians to choose more wisely and, in the process, save U.S. healthcare substantial sums of money. 

As the influence and importance of electronic health records (EHRs) continues to grow, do hospitals and private practices have enough information to purchase the right system for their specific needs?