Healthcare Economics & Policy

New York University School of Medicine will cover tuition expenses for all new and current medical students, according to an Aug. 16 university release. The scholarship initiative, the first such program at a top-10 medical school, will cover $55,000 in costs for all students in the MD program.
In a new scholarship initiative, medical students will be able to attend New York University School of Medicine tuition free, regardless of need or merit.
Health insurers in Kansas will be required to cover 3D mammograms starting next year, making it at least the eighth state in the U.S. to enact the policy, the Kansas City Star reported this month.
Best Buy has entered into an agreement to purchase health services provider GreatCall for $800 million in cash, the consumer electronics retailer announced Wednesday.
New research published in the European Heart Journal highlights how overall cerebrovascular disease deaths in Europe have declined. But that improvement has leveled off in some EU countries.
One of the nation’s largest faith-based health systems, Adventist Health System, will soon change its name to AdventHealth.
Last year was the first time in a decade physician salaries didn’t increase by at least 2 percent, according to a survey published this week by AMGA Consulting. Though radiologists saw a dip in their average salaries, they’re still faring well compared to specialties like neurology and internal medicine. 
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is investing $375 million into a healthcare startup called Oscar Health.
Currently, only one generator is FDA approved for the production of Ga-68 Dotatate injection (NetSpot), a radiopharmaceutical utilized for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and radionuclide therapy in patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NET), according to a SNMMI letter sent to the FDA on Aug. 6.
Fans of the “Star Wars” films have been dressing up as their favorite characters for decades, but two groups based out of Boise, Idaho, have joined forces to do something bit different: build their very own pink stormtrooper costume.
Sodium intake is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) only in communities where the average intake is more than five grams per day, according to an update of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study published in The Lancet.
Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, Scotland, will lose its last interventional radiologist in a substantive post this week, prompting the chair of a prominent radiology group to declare the country’s physician shortage a “red alert” situation, the BBC has reported.
Radiologists are involved in 15 percent of diagnosis-related malpractice claims, with 80 percent of those cases resulting in permanent injury or death, according to a debut report from medical liability insurer Coverys.
A handful of startups are offering solutions for a growing healthcare need that isn’t going away: transporting elderly, frail patients to nonemergency medical appointments.
States that expanded eligibility for Medicaid in 2014 and 2015 saw an immediate uptick in Medicaid prescriptions filled for diabetes treatments, suggesting the legislation played a direct role in improving access and adherence to those drugs.
The FDA has approved migalastat, the first oral medication for the treatment of adults with Fabry disease, the agency announced Aug. 10.
Vascular & Endovascular, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Specifically, the kits provide prior authorization information for PCSK9 inhibitors to treat lipid disorders, direct oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention and angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors for heart failure treatment. Those three categories of drugs were commonly pinpointed as being “always” or “often” denied by insurance companies in surveys of providers.
Healthcare Economics & Policy, Practice Management
Last week, the Kansas Insurance Department announced the state will require all health insurers to cover 3D mammograms by 2019, according to an Aug. 9 article by the Kansas City Star.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
CVS Health’s takeover of health insurance giant is likely close to clearing the antitrust process with the Department of Justice, Bloomberg reported last week.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
A technologist at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, has been fired for using a racial slur Aug. 11 at a local donut shop.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
National health spending rose 5.2 percent to $3.66 trillion in June 2018 from the previous year, according to a new insights report from Alarum.
Healthcare Economics & Policy