My colleague Alessa Colaianni attended the Congressional hearing today on radiation dose and wrote up this report for members. The hearing included some interesting discussions, including the ACR's call for broader accreditation (including hospitals). Alessa's report is below.
Dispatches from Congressional Hearing on Medical Reform
Following our discussion of physician supervision changes, the New York Times published an article on a specific case where potential supervision noncompliance is now resulting in a federal investigation of two Florida physicians and a lawsuit against the practice.
Physician Supervision Violations in the NY Times
One of the questions that came up during our recent webconference on physician supervision rules involved radiologist assistants. While CMS allows non-physician practitioners to supervise therapeutic services, they do not allow non-physicians to supervise diagnostic services. This raises questions for departments that use radiologist assistants for procedures such as fluoroscopy that require personal supervision--meaning that the supervising physician is in the actual suite where the procedure is being performed. At many institutions, RAs have allowed radiologists to improve their productivity by freeing up their time from certain procedures. However, the latest from CMS suggests that this model will no longer be possible.
Physician Supervision Radiologist Assistants