Retooled two-midnight rule gets mixed reviews

Providers and policy experts are split on the Obama administration’s proposal to salvage the controversial two-midnight rule with a series of modifications intended to mollify its many critics.

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GE lends radiology tech to Philadelphia hospital in contract deal

Earlier this year, GE Healthcare CEO Jeff Immelt cited hospitals as a potentially lucrative source of growth for the company, pointing to a shift toward major contracts amid healthcare reform. Now, the company is taking a big step in that direction, inking a deal with Philadelphia’s Temple University Health System (TUHS) to improve the medical center’s radiology technology while helping it cut costs.

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Why the healthcare industry badly needs a cyber security health check

After a slew of data breaches in 2014, the FBI warned the healthcare industry that cyber-criminals would be directing more attention their way in 2015. The healthcare industry, valued at $3 trillion, has become an increasingly valuable target for cyber thieves and, in some cases, a much easier target to attack due to their often less than adequate investment in cyber security. What is it about the healthcare industry that has captured the cyber criminals’ interest in the last few years? Read more here

AHA issues ICD-10 countdown checklist

With just over a month to go until the Oct. 1 ICD-10 deadline, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a checklist of key steps that hospitals should take to ensure a successful transition.

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Earth may hold more helium than we thought

Don’t mourn the loss of your humorously high-pitched voices quite yet. Despite years of warnings from scientists that Earth’s supply of helium is quickly running out, the results of a study announced Wednesday in Prague show there could still be large deposits of the element hidden underground, the Guardian reports.

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Novel MRI technique could offer new avenue for Alzheimer’s, stroke risk assessment

A new MRI scanning technique being investigated in Toronto could one day help physicians identify patients on the path to developing Alzheimer’s disease, and do so at a cost far less than molecular imaging of amyloid deposits, according to an in-depth profile of the project published by theToronto Star.

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Rumor confirmed: GE sells its healthcare-lending biz to Capital One for $9B

Hospitals, retirement homes and makers of medical devices are among the healthcare organizations and businesses that may now consider calling Capital One, long known primarily as a credit card company, when they want to borrow big bucks.

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ITA: Helping Companies Of All Sizes Compete and Win

Stefan M. Selig is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

A robust trade and investment agenda ensures that U.S. companies can compete and win in the global marketplace. But that outcome does not come automatically.  A significant reason is the expertise, services, and programs that ITA offers: from our best-in-class Commercial Service directly assisting exporters; to the regional and industry expertise of our Global Markets and Industry and Analysis units; to the protection provided by our Enforcement and Compliance unit, which ensures a level playing field for U.S. businesses.

On top of these services, we are proud to announce several major achievements that display how ITA is making it easier for U.S. businesses to access new markets, especially small and mid-sized companies.

ITA played a critical role in securing a historic tariff-cutting agreement with 47 nations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Information Technology Agreement—the first international tariff cutting agreement in 18 years—will eliminate tariffs on roughly 200 information and communications technology product lines (ICT) that have a global trade value of $1 trillion. ICT manufacturers in the U.S. will now have unprecedented access to new markets, which will help increase the number of jobs supported by our goods exports.

We recently launched a new partnership that will increase awareness of trade opportunities for small and medium-sized women-owned businesses. In affiliation with the organization Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), we will collaborate on marketing, education programs, and events that will directly assist women entrepreneurs in their exporting efforts.

PLEASE NOTE:  This agreement applies to CT and MRI scanners.

 

Medicare data shows outpatient imaging shifting away from private offices

Medicare utilization of outpatient imaging services is beginning to shift from private offices to hospital settings, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 
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Joint Commission rolls out XR-29-esque rules today

The Joint Commission rolled out new standards today designed to improve radiation-dosing safety. The standards serve as a precursor of sorts to the Medicare XR-29 rules slated to go into effect January 1. The new measures also serve as a reminder that CMS, the American College of Radiology and the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), are all on board with exacting dosing standards. 
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