Ben Lauing, Imaging Performance Partnership
Claiming in a lawsuit filed last week that it is nothing more than a “money-making scheme,” the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) hopes to do away with the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
Is the MOC process a valuable tool for ensuring proficiency, or just a way to line the pockets of executives at the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)?
Maintenance of Certification under attack
Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership
A study in the October issue of Radiology has published some of the earliest findings on the effects of breast density legislation for a state’s patient population.
Aiming to “determine performance and utilization of screening breast ultrasonography (US) in women with dense breast tissue who underwent additional screening breast US in the 1st year since implementation of Connecticut Public Act 09-41,” the study was undertaken by six physicians at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Initial results for screening ultrasonography in Connecticut breast density act
Stephanie Krent, Imaging Performance Partnership
In June, CMS announced the final list of Health Care Innovation grant recipients for 2012. Two of the 33 recipients, Altaraum Institute and Imaging Advantage, earned grants for far-reaching initiatives to reduce unnecessary imaging across Michigan and Illinois, respectively.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation focuses on a tripartite mission to improve health care delivery, improve overall population health, and lower health care costs for CMS.
The Innovation Awards specifically seek to engage and test alternative delivery and payment models that produce better outcomes, identify new models for training and development, and support innovators “who can rapidly deploy care improvement models.
CMS Innovation Grant recipients aim to reduce unnecessary imaging