Healthcare Economics & Policy

Two independent radiology practices from Minnesota, St. Paul-based St. Paul Radiology (SPR) and Minneapolis-based Suburban Radiologic Consultants (SRC), are merging into a single organization called Midwest Radiology.

Cancer patients who are in palliative care programs receive no less oncological imaging during the last three months of life than those who are not in such programs, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

A radiologist in Tennessee has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the American Board of Radiology (ABR) that alleges the ABR is in violation of antitrust laws.

In anticipation of the 2020 ending of the individual mandate penalizing Americans who don’t have health insurance, Harvard researchers have drawn from Massachusetts’s state-level reform experience to show a falloff in elective surgery is likely.

Niramai Health Analytix, an India-based AI startup, announced that it has closed a $6 million Series A round of funding.

General Electric (GE) announced on Monday, Feb. 25, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its biopharma business to Danaher Corporation for $21.4 billion. This could significantly impact the company’s plans for an initial public offering (IPO) for GE Healthcare.

Travel and wait times associated with receiving healthcare services are higher than in any other service category, according to a new report from Altarum.

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will negotiate with four U.S. companies to potentially fund molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production without the use of highly enriched uranium.

Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago have found that, per procedure, using ultrasound with electrocardiography to guide insertions of central venous catheters via the arm is only somewhat less costly than the conventional method, external measurements with confirmatory chest x-rays. However, the savings can add up over time. 

AHRA and Canon Medical Systems USA have announced the recipients of seven grants aimed at improving patient care and the safety of diagnostic imaging.

When it comes to acquiring medical equipment, the decision on what make, model and options to choose is often easier than how to pay for the shiny new hardware. And the bigger the layout of dollars, the knottier the tangle of choices.

Whenever advanced imaging for low-back pain gets knocked as the “poster child” for overutilization in U.S. healthcare—not an uncommon occurrence—the context of the charge tends to waft away, unconsidered. That’s problematic. To be sure, lumbar-spine MRI in particular has a dicey cost-benefit proposition all its own. The scan’s technical component alone can ring up a bill north of $3,000.