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Policy and Regulation Updates

Subjecting Radiologic Imaging to the Linear No-Threshold Hypothesis: A Non Sequitur of Non-Trivial Proportion

Radiologic imaging is claimed to carry an iatrogenic risk of cancer, based on an uninformed commitment to the 70-y-old linear no-threshold hypothesis (LNTH). Credible evidence of imaging-related low-dose (<100 mGy) carcinogenic risk is nonexistent; it is a hypothetical risk derived from the demonstrably false LNTH. On the contrary, low-dose radiation does not cause, but more […]

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The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) includes many implications for imaging providers. Learn more here.

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) signed into law in April 2014 was the last “patch” of the SGR and included many implications for imaging providers. Among these are requirements that health care providers comply with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) XR-29 Standard Attributes on CT Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management, […]

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The Joint Commission announces the addition of two new Human Resources (HR) elements of performance (EPs) for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care organizations.

In the March 2016 issue of Perspectives* , The Joint Commission announced the addition of two new Human Resources (HR) elements of performance (EPs) for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services (including those ambulatory care organizations that have achieved Advanced Diagnostic Imaging certification). The new HR requirements, […]

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The Joint Commission Standards Change for Providers of Diagnostic Imaging Services

In the March 2016 issue of “Perspectives”, The Joint Commission announced the addition of two new Human Resources (HR) elements of performance (EPs) for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services (including those ambulatory care organizations that have achieved Advanced Diagnostic Imaging certification). The new HR requirements, scheduled […]

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An Overview of Legislative Policy For Radiation Medicine Devices

Radiation medicine devices are an important part of a medical practice, and the FDA requires that establishments list their devices with them. This is to ensure safety and quality standards before going on the market or being used on consumers. Policy enacted by legislators and government regulators requires that there has been a similar device legally distributed […]

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The Age of Accreditation has arrived. Read more here.

On New Years Day, 2012, the MIPPA law took effect. It became mandatory for private offices and outpatient imaging centers who wish to invoice CMS for CT, MRI, PET and/or SPECT services to be accredited. The majority of our hospital and medical center clientele has embraced the inevitability for their accreditation and have also started […]

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Industry News Updates

Mandatory Accreditation required for Medicare Reimbursement Congress passes bill HR6331 making accreditation mandatory for Medicare reimbursement of MRI, CT, NM, PET starting January 1, 2012. Click here for more information about bill HR6331. United Healthcare Moves Accreditation Deadline Back United Healthcare Extends Accreditation Deadline until “fourth quarter 2009”. Sites still advised to make haste with […]

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