Aurora Imaging Technology (North Andover, Massachusetts) reported the formal launch of the Aurora Breast MRI reimbursement hotline. An example of key services offered through the hotline include third-party payor coverage and reimbursement overviews, new account billing assistance, locale specific billing insights, and answers to questions on breast imaging reimbursement issues, with a goal of facilitating accurate billing to Medicare and private payors for breast MRI procedures.

“For many practices today, barriers to payment are sometimes a result of a lack of accurate billing tools," said Olivia Ho Cheng, president/CEO. "When practices do not have access to appropriate coding and coverage guidelines, they don't have the correct tools to report procedures, resulting in potential reimbursement issues.”

Applied Biosystems unveils support center

Applied Biosystems (Foster City, California) reported the opening of an Application Support Center located at its R&D headquarters. The 10,000 square foot facility is intended to drive closer relationships between Applied Bio scientists and its life science customers, the company said.

Applied Bio offers training and application support through 20 centers around the world, including the facility recently opened in Shanghai, China.

Toshiba sponsors virtual colonoscopy course

Toshiba America Medical Systems (Tustin, California) reported it will sponsor a continuing medical education course in virtual colonoscopy in collaboration with Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston) Massachusetts General Hospital ( Boston) and the Department of Continuing Education of Harvard Medical School (Boston).

Courses in virtual colonoscopy have been offered at Harvard Medical School since 2004, and Harvard is now expanding the program by offering this course at the Toshiba Education Center in Irvine, California, with open enrollment to physicians.

Toshiba produces diagnostic imaging systems and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the U.S.