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For the first time in six years, health spending in the U.S. is projected to have increased more than five percent in 2014, mostly due to an expansion of insurance coverage. Prescription drug spending also played a role, growing 12.6 percent last year as costly hepatitis C medications and new treatments for cancer and multiple sclerosis became available.

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An analysis of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries found all-cause mortality rates, hospitalization rates and expenditures per beneficiary decreased from 1999 to 2013. During that same time period, patients who were hospitalized also experienced better survival rates in later years and total hospitalizations and inpatient costs declined in the last six months of their lives, according to lead researcher Harlan Krumholz, MD.

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Guerbet has entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Mallinckrodt's contrast media and delivery systems business (CMDS). 

 
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New research is revealing the level at which radiation exposure received during CT scanning damages DNA.

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Radiologists are responsible for knowing the ins and outs of so many laws, proposals and government organizations that trying to keep track of them all can be downright daunting. A presentation at this week’s AHRA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas aimed to guide attendees through a variety of these hot topics, helping prepare them for the years ahead.