12/13/2011

A CMS plan that will let auditors to evaluate the necessity of certain cardiovascular procedures before paying for them has SCAI officials concerned. Dr. Christopher White, SCAI's president, raised reservations about the program, recommending that CMS instead work with leaders in cardiology to determine what constitutes appropriate care. "Everybody understands that doing things to patients that are not necessary is bad, but what people are missing is that not doing the right things for patients who need them is just as bad and perhaps even worse," he said.

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