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November 8, 2021

Black Patients 24% Less Likely than White Patients to Have a Prostate MRI after Receiving an Elevated PSA Score

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study of nearly 800,000 men found that between 2011 and 2017 black patients were 24% less likely than white patients to have a prostate MRI after receiving an elevated PSA score. This JAMA Network Open study was based on 794,809 men, age 40 or older, with a PSA test using claims data from the Optum Clinformatics Data Mart Database. Read More

October 7, 2021

Grant & Fellowship Opportunities in Health Policy Research

The Neiman Health Policy Institute is accepting applications for its new grants and fellowship programs to fund novel research to inform health policy and radiology practice. Grant topics include payment models, AI/emerging technology, and practice advancements to improve efficiency, outcomes, or equity. For full details, please see the Grants & Fellowship page. Read More

August 16, 2021

Neuroimaging Growth for Radiology Trainees was Nearly Double the Growth for Radiologists between 2002 and 2018

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found that between 2002 and 2018 neuroimaging exams increased 86% for radiologists and 163% for radiology trainees (residents and fellows). Please see the release for full result details. Read More

August 10, 2021

Weekly Outpatient Imaging Volume Decreased Nearly 90% at its Peak During COVID-19 (April 2020) but Recovered to Pre-Pandemic Levels within 4 Months

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found during a six-week period in March and April 2020, weekly outpatient imaging volume was 57% less than the same period in 2019. At its peak, the weekly imaging volume was down nearly 90% when examined on a weekly basis but recovered to pre-pandemic levels within 4 months. Read More

August 4, 2021

52% Increase in Emergency Department Cervical Spine Imaging from 2009 to 2018

This new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found that cervical spine imaging per emergency department encounter for trauma increased 52% between 2009 and 2018. This increase is largely attributable to the 10.5% annual increase in CT imaging for patients with minor injuries who have, historically, had lower utilization. This JACR study was based on over 11.3 million ED trauma encounters for commercially insured patients using the IBM MarketScan Database, which includes data from over 300 insurance carriers. Read More

July 23, 2021

12% of Secondary Imaging Interpretation Costs are Paid by Patients

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found that patients paid 12% of the costs of secondary imaging interpretation out-of-pocket. Such secondary interpretations are increasingly performed for complex patients, but patients’ liabilities and paid out-of-pocket costs were not previously known. This Journal of the American College of Radiology study was based on 7,740 secondary interpretations for adult patients performed in a large metropolitan health system over a 2-year period. Read More

July 7, 2021

Legislation for Surprise Billing May Decrease In-Network Reimbursement

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study, published in Radiology, reviewed the implications of unexpected out-of-network balance billing—commonly called surprise billing—on reimbursement for hospital-based specialties such as radiology. The analysis concluded that even physicians who never engaged in such billing practices may still be impacted by the No Surprises Act, which is due to take effect in 2022. Read More

June 22, 2021

Radiologist Characteristics Predict Performance in Screening Mammography

According to a new study, by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and the American College of Radiology’s National Mammography Database Committee, the most influential radiologist characteristics impacting mammography interpretive performance were geography, breast sub-specialization, performance of diagnostic mammography, and performance of diagnostic ultrasound. Read More

May 21, 2021

Radiologist Participation in Value-based Care Tripled Over 5 Years

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found that radiologist participation in Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) increased over three-fold from 10.4% to 34.9% between 2013 and 2018. The study is published online in the Journal of American College of Radiology.
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March 25, 2021

CT Colonography Rates Bolstered by US Preventive Service Task Force Recommendation

Our new study found a 50% increase in screening computed tomography colonography rates after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announcement of the updated recommendation on colorectal cancer screening in 2016. This study is published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read More