Healthcare Economics & Policy

Following speculation earlier this month, McKesson announced today it is merging its McKesson Technology Solutions (MTS) business with Nashville, Tenn.-based Change Healthcare to form a brand new healthcare IT company.

After more than a week of rumors and speculation, Toshiba and Canon both made it official on Thursday: Canon has agreed to purchase Toshiba Medical Systems for more than $6 billion. Richard Berger, Canon’s global PR manager, talked about the deal via email with RadiologyBusiness.com, praising the company’s reputation and looking ahead to the future.

Toshiba has officially announced the sale of its Toshiba Medical Systems unit to Canon for $6.2 billion. A newspaper from Tokyo reported the news last week, but it had not been confirmed until now.

According to a new report from Tokyo, Toshiba is selling its Toshiba Medical Systems unit to Canon for more than $6 billion. The companies are still working out the exact details of the highly anticipated deal.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign released an outline of his healthcare plan today, and according to reporting by the Los Angeles Times, it doesn’t offer much that hasn’t been heard before. 

Medical device company and endoscope manufacturer Olympus Corp. of the Americas has agreed to pay a total of $646 million plus interest to resolve two separate government investigations related to providing physicians and hospitals with kickbacks.

Toshiba is attempting to sell its entire medical equipment unit, Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., and it may sell for even more than the previous estimate of $3.5 billion, according to a new report from Reuters. 

Consolidation is beginning to intensify in the U.S. radiology market, according to recent analysis published by Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. But owners of smaller practices have an option that doesn’t involve giving up power to corporate entities: work together. 

Expanded ICD-10 codes for billing for low-dose CT lung cancer screening for individuals who smoke or have a history of smoking are on their way, according to the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA).

IBM has announced plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based analytics company, for $2.6 billion. The deal will give IBM access to the data of more than 200 million unique patients, helping it further strengthen the power and capabilities of its cognitive Watson Health unit. 

IRadimed Corporation, a Winter Springs, Fla.-based developer and manufacturer of MRI-related products, announced its fourth quarter 2015 financial results this week. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida recently announced that Tampa, Fla.-based Rose Radiology Centers had agreed to pay $8.71 million to the government to resolve several different allegations. Now, Rose Radiology has issued a prepared statement on the settlement, offering the practice’s perspective on the situation.