Hospitals seeking to limit costs are exploring in-house solutions with the help of original equipment manufacturers to maintain the good condition of their imaging devices, including MRI, CT, PET and PET/CT, according to a survey conducted by IMV Medical Information Division. These shared-services arrangements allow hospitals to retain partnerships with OEMs for complex repairs but use their own staff to manage routine maintenance and faulty devices.
The CMS has allowed for a 16% increase in reimbursement fees for SPECT nuclear imaging services. The move will benefit practices that have been affected by the 36% reimbursement cuts for the imaging procedure that took effect Jan. 1 as part of the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. According to ASNC, the move increases myocardial perfusion imaging payouts between 16% and 105% based on prior 2010 rates.
The American Heart Association on Monday said a review of six years of data showed strong evidence that air pollution can lead to heart attacks, stroke and early death. The group said fine particulate matter from burning fossil fuels was the biggest problem, directly increasing risk by triggering events in susceptible individuals.
Insider Pages unveiled Doctor Finder, a website that lists doctors and other medical providers along with their specialization, experience and board certification. The online tool also includes patient ratings and insurance affiliations to help consumers find a suitable specialist.
The Congressional Budget Office announced that discretionary spending for health reform will likely cost $115 billion more than previously estimated, making total spending on the law higher than $1 trillion over 10 years. Congress may decide to spend less, and it would still have to comply with the Obama administration's nonsecurity discretionary spending freeze, the CBO said.