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May 23, 2022

New Study Informs Mitigation Strategies for Contrast Shortage in CT by Identifying Promising Areas of Focus

The current shortage of iodinated contrast in the United States due to the COVID-19 related production shutdown in China is causing severe disruptions in patient care. A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study outlines the most frequently used computed tomography services performed on Medicare beneficiaries. Read More

April 25, 2022

Study Found 250% Increase in CTA & 428% increase in CTP for Ischemic Stroke Patients from 2012 – 2019

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found that between 2012 and 2019, neuroimaging utilization increased 250% for computed tomography angiography, 428% for CT perfusion, and 18% for magnetic resonance while decreasing 33% for MR angiography. Read More

March 4, 2022

New Neiman HPI Study Found 18% Increase In Radiology-Employed Non-Physician Providers

The number and roles of U.S. non-physician practitioners (NPPs) have expanded considerably, but little is known about their use by radiology practices. This Journal of the American College of Radiology study assessed characteristics and trends of radiology practices employing Medicare-recognized NPPs. Read More

February 18, 2022

For Lumbar Spine MRI, only 50% of Hospitals Are Compliant with Price Transparency Mandate

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found that as of September/October 2021, only 50% of hospitals that offered lumbar spine MRI were compliant with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandate to publish their prices online. Read More

December 6, 2021

Higher-Acuity Neuroimaging Findings Point to the Impact of Delayed Imaging During the Pandemic

A new study from the Neiman Health Policy Institute looked at brain MRI acuity before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and found that the proportion of higher acuity findings increased significantly during the pandemic.  Read More

November 28, 2021

Grant & Fellowship Opportunities in Health Policy Research

The Neiman Health Policy Institute Fellowship deadline has been extended to December 13th and the Grant deadline remains December 20th. For full details, please see the Grants & Fellowship page. Read More

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

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