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Project Promotes Appropriate Use of Advanced Imaging

Feb. 7, 2011

CMS' demonstration will assess the impact that decision support systems have on the appropriateness and utilization of advanced medical imaging services ordered for beneficiaries in original fee-for-service Medicare.

CMS has selected five participants in the Medicare imaging demonstration, a project that promotes appropriate utilization of advanced imaging services.

The two-year demonstration will assess the impact that decision support systems used by physician practices have on the appropriateness and utilization of advanced medical imaging services ordered for beneficiaries in original fee-for-service Medicare.

The demonstration focuses on three advanced diagnostic imaging modalities: MRI, CT and nuclear medicine. The following advanced imaging procedures are included:

  • Single photon emission CT myocardial perfusion imaging.
  • MRI lumbar spine.
  • CT lumbar spine.
  • MRI brain.
  • CT brain.
  • CT sinus.
  • CT thorax.
  • CT abdomen.
  • CT pelvis.
  • MRI knee.
  • MRI shoulder.

The 11 tests were selected based on high spending and utilization in the beneficiary population covered by original Medicare and the availability of relevant medical specialty appropriateness guidelines. The appropriateness criteria used in the demonstration will be medical specialty guidelines that are developed or endorsed by medical specialty societies.

The decision support systems provide immediate feedback to the physician about the appropriateness of the test ordered for the patient. Demonstration participants will be paid for data.

Questions on this demonstration may be submitted to CMS at ImagingDemo135b@cms.hhs.gov.

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