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Demand wanes for higher-cost angiography systems

Demand wanes for higher-cost angiography systems

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 20, 2015

The average cost of angiography systems dropped 25% in January compared with the same month last year, as buyers showed less interest in purchasing higher-end systems, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Device prices fall as hospitals' leverage grows

By Michael Sandler  |  February 28, 2015

The median prices for selected costly hospital products dipped in 2014 as hospital supply-chain leaders continued to negotiate tougher deals and clamp down on physician-preference items.

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

By By  |  January 31, 2015

Dozens of patients at the Seattle hospital were infected with a deadly bacteria spread by a type of endoscope essential for treating certain conditions but hard to disinfect because of its design. That has raised questions about who is responsible for preventing and correcting the problems.

New models send spinal cord stimulator prices up 8%

By By  |  January 23, 2015

Hospitals are facing higher prices for spinal cord stimulators, used to treat patients with chronic pain, since two manufacturers launched more complex versions of the devices in 2013, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Stent average price drops in a competitive market segment

By By  |  December 18, 2014

The average price paid by hospitals for drug-eluting stents fell 6% over the last year as hospitals continue to push back on the prices of physician preference items, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Recall management poor at hospitals

Recall management poor at hospitals

By By  |  November 22, 2014

As the number of medical-device recalls has rapidly increased, so has the complexity of the recalls. That is raising questions about safety and risks for hospitals that mostly still track and locate faulty products manually.

Hospitals paying more for some high-end tech

Hospitals paying more for some high-end tech

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 13, 2014

Three products among the most expensive equipment tracked in the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index saw double-digit increases in the prices that hospitals were paying.

CT system prices shoot up 15%, driven by pricey new models

CT system prices shoot up 15%, driven by pricey new models

By By  |  November 13, 2014

The average price of computed tomography systems went up 15% in the past month as more hospitals purchased high-end scanners, including two new premium models that have been on the market for less than a year, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Providers see benefits of predictive analytics for complex patients

By Darius Tahir  |  November 07, 2014

Using predictive data tools may provide new insights into how to treat so-called complex patients, those with multiple medical conditions who drive a disproportionate level of healthcare costs, speakers said this week at an ECRI Institute-sponsored conference.

Hospitals secure better prices on hip-implant components

Hospitals secure better prices on hip-implant components

By By  |  October 28, 2014

Hospitals paid about 16% less for one component of a hip implant than they did a year ago as healthcare providers negotiated better prices on medical implants and other types of physician preference items, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

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