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The Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® studies the value and role of radiology in evolving health care delivery and payment systems, including quality based approaches to care and the impact of medical imaging on overall health care costs. Neiman Institute research provides a foundation for evidence-based imaging policy to improve patient care and bolster efficient, effective use of health care resources.

March 25, 2021

CT Colonography Rates Bolstered by US Preventive Service Task Force Recommendation

Our new study found a 50% increase in screening computed tomography colonography rates after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announcement of the updated recommendation on colorectal cancer screening in 2016. This American Journal of Preventive Medicine study evaluated the association among the updated recommendation, patient cost sharing, and the uptake of colorectal cancer screening through CTC in the privately insured population.   Read More

March 8, 2021

New Study Reveals Radiologists Now Perform the Majority of Lumbar Punctures in the Medicare Population

A new American Journal of Neurology (AJNR) study found that radiologists performed 54% of lumbar puncture procedures (LPs) in 2017, representing significant growth over the 14 year longitudinal study.  This study evaluated trends in performance of LPs by various medical specialties from 2003 to 2017 and raises the question of whether the shift of LPs from other specialties to radiology is justified. Read More

November 17, 2020

Study Finds that 41% of Radiologists Changed Jobs Over 4 Years

A new study showed that nearly 20% of radiologists separated from a practice in a single year, indicating that radiology is impacted by broader workforce trends toward job hopping. This new Journal of American College of Radiology (JACR) study tracked recent trends and characteristics of radiologist-practice separation across the United States. Read More

October 20, 2020

New Study Exposes Potential Expansion Barriers to Functional MRI for Medicare Patients

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found that functional magnetic resonance imaging steadily increased from 2007-2014 but has now been static due to potential expansion barriers. The American Journal of Neuroradiology study is the first of its kind to assess the nationwide adoption of fMRI. Read More

October 1, 2020

Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute Awarded NIH Grant For Stroke Outcomes Research

Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute is pleased to announce that it is part of a team that has been awarded a one-year R56 research grant from the National Institutes of Health entitled, “Comparative Effectiveness of Imaging Strategies in Acute Ischemic Stroke Based on Patient Profiles”. Read More

September 8, 2020

New Study Reveals 75% of Multiple Sclerosis Patients Face Financial Toxicity

A new study from Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute finds that over ¾ of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients face financial toxicity that often results in non-adherence to follow up care. This study is the first of its kind to evaluate financial toxicity in MS and whether financial strain is linked to patients foregoing the therapy and imaging follow-up prescribed in their treatment plan. Read More

August 20, 2020

Physicians Practicing in Areas with High Malpractice Claims Order More Advanced Imaging

Researchers supported by the Neiman Health Policy Institute (NPHI) find that higher numbers of paid malpractice claims are associated with a subsequent increase in advanced imaging utilization. The Journal of American College of Radiology study examined the quantity and cost of malpractice claims and Medicare imaging utilization at the state and national level. Read More

July 10, 2020

Study Finds Oncologic Imaging Steadily Increasing with Over 58% Performed in Hospital Out Patient Setting

Imaging today plays essential roles in the management of almost all non-cutaneous cancers, influencing diagnosis, assessment of prognosis, treatment selection, and therapeutic monitoring. This new Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) study characterizes national trends in oncologic imaging utilization. Read More

July 8, 2020

Community Radiology Practices wRVU Declined 52% During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly spread across all 50 United States. This new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study, published online in the Journal of American College of Radiology, aimed to characterize the recent declines in non-invasive diagnostic imaging volumes at community practices. Read More

June 30, 2020

Research Found 14% Decline in Imaging Inpatient Setting During First 7-Week Period of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study, published online in the Journal of American College of Radiology (JACR), evaluates the change in the inpatient imaging volumes and composition mix during the COVID-19 pandemic within a large healthcare system. Read More