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Stent average price drops in a competitive market segment

By Jaimy Lee  |  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.

Renewed U.S.-Cuba relations could impact both nations' healthcare

By Adam Rubenfire  |  December 17, 2014

U.S. and Cuban healthcare providers could benefit from renewed U.S.-Cuban relations announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama, industry experts said. U.S. devicemakers, in particular, could soon have access to a new market hungry for its products.

Price of an echocardiogram machine isn't a mystery

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 16, 2014

Readers of this morning’s New York Times story on the wildly varying charges levied for routine echocardiograms may have been left with the erroneous impression that it is nearly impossible to learn the price of cardiac ultrasound machines. Not so.

Breast cancer screening shifts to more sensitive, costly tests

Breast cancer screening shifts to more sensitive, costly tests

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 13, 2014

Breast-cancer screening is becoming more tailored to individual patients as clinicians better understand risk factors such as breast density, patients become more informed about personal risk and imaging manufacturers develop new technologies.

NIH leads workshop on data reproducibility

NIH leads workshop on data reproducibility

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 22, 2014

Earlier this year, two leaders at the National Institutes of Health said there is growing concern from scientists and laypeople that the system for ensuring the reproducibility of biomedical research “is failing and is in need of restructuring.”

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

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

By Jaimy Lee  |  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.

AbbVie beats analyst expectations, even with lower earnings

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 31, 2014

Drug manufacturer AbbVie, which recently walked away from a merger with Irish drugmaker Shire, reported third-quarter earnings of $506 million, down 47% compared with the same period last year. It did, however, manage to beat analyst expectations for adjusted earnings at 89 cents per share.

FDA approves two faster Ebola tests

By Wall Street Journal  |  October 28, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration authorized use of two new diagnostic tests for Ebola that can produce results in two hours, compared with what can usually take four hours.

AdvaMed's CEO on new payment models, repealing device tax

AdvaMed's CEO on new payment models, repealing device tax

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 25, 2014

Stephen Ubl became president and CEO in 2005 of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, a 270-member group representing manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostic products and medical information systems. Modern Healthcare reporter Sabriya Rice recently spoke with Ubl about the potential...

Johnson & Johnson wins first Pinnacle hip implant trial

By Bloomberg  |  October 24, 2014

A Johnson & Johnson unit's design of a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle hip implants isn't defective, a Dallas jury concluded, ruling against a woman who said the devices poisoned her in the first case of its kind to go to trial.

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