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Medicare demo will test decision support systems

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 2, 2010

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Medicare is launching a two-year demonstration project to assess the impact that clinical decision support systems used by physician practices have on the utilization of advanced medical imaging services ordered for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.

The demonstration, which was announced July 22 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will focus on magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and nuclear medicine advanced imaging diagnostic services. It will test whether the use of decision support can improve quality of care in addition to reducing unnecessary radiation exposure and imaging utilization.

CMS will use conveners to reach physicians interested in participating, and both parties will be paid for reporting complete data. Applications are due to CMS by Sept. 21. All current Medicare coverage and payment policies are unaffected by the demonstration.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/08/02/gvbf0802.htm.

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