Michael Song, Imaging Performance Partnership
A new study published online in this month’s Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that patients with transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or minor stroke may benefit from greater use of CT/CTA. The study finds that performing CT/CTA on patients that present with these conditions may help predict the risk of recurrent strokes and guide appropriate treatment. While MRI is also capable of assessing such risk in TIA or minor stroke patients, its limited availability in many hospital settings suggest an opportunity for imaging leaders to promote greater use of CT.
CT CTA predicts risk of recurrent stroke
Nick Bartz, Imaging Performance Partnership
HIMSS conference attendees were treated to some welcome news this afternoon when the national coordinator for health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, announced that imaging will in fact be included in Stage 2 of the meaningful use criteria for the U.S. government's healthcare IT stimulus program. According to Dr. Mostashari’s announcement, viewing of images will be an optional menu item in the proposed stage 2 requirements.
Stage 2 of meaningful use to include imaging
Emily Hague, Imaging Performance Partnership
President Obama’s budget proposal released earlier this week is projected to save CMS nearly $5 billion in the next ten years, with cuts to imaging expected to make up $820 million of the total savings.
Obama 2013 budget proposes mandated preauthorization