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Medicare will pay for lung CT scans for cancer screening

Medicare will pay for lung CT scans for cancer screening

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 05, 2015

Pack-a-day smokers in the federal health program now have access to low-dose CT scans for the early detection of lung cancer even as experts continue to debate whether the benefits are worth the cost and risk of false positives.

Dems balk on medical technology bill

By Darius Tahir  |  January 28, 2015

Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee have withdrawn support from legislation that would loosen regulatory requirements on a broad range of new healthcare technologies, sources close to the legislative discussions say.

Edwards Lifesciences CEO Michael Mussallem on demonstrating value, device-tax repeal

Edwards Lifesciences CEO Michael Mussallem on demonstrating value, device-tax repeal

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 24, 2015

Michael Mussallem, chairman and CEO of Irvine, Calif.-based devicemaker Edwards Lifesciences, discusses the company's plans, how his firm demonstrates the value of its products to health systems and the prospects for repeal of the medical-device tax. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Jaimy...

CMS  can order trials before OKing payment for new tech

CMS can order trials before OKing payment for new tech

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 24, 2015

The CMS will continue ordering some drug and device manufacturers to collect evidence on how well their technologies work before giving its final approval on reimbursement.

Inside medicine's gray zone

Inside medicine's gray zone

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 24, 2015

Researchers and cost-control advocates are increasingly questioning drugs, devices and procedures that proved effective in clinical trials but don't achieve the same outcomes once widely deployed. Sometimes they perform worse than cheaper alternatives already on the market.

Is 3-D mammography cost-effective?

Is 3-D mammography cost-effective?

By Jaimy Lee  |  January 16, 2015

There is an economic benefit for payers and patients when using tomosynthesis, a more advanced form of mammography, to screen women for breast cancer at a time when adoption of the new technology is growing, researchers conclude in a study.

FDA lab-test regulation proposal divides industry

By Jaimy Lee  |  January 10, 2015

A Food and Drug Administration proposal to regulate laboratory-developed tests could upend a clinical sector that provides thousands of tests to healthcare providers every day, raising costs and potentially limiting patient access, detractors say.

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