Failure to meet new dose reduction standards could jeopardize Medicare dollars

A provision of the sustainable growth rate patch legislation will penalize radiology professionals using CT equipment that doesn't comply with new dose management standards, Health Data Management reported.

The idea behind the language in the bill is to force radiology departments to upgrade to Standard XR-20-2013 from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, titled, "Standard Attributes on CT Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management."

Under the law failure to to meet the new standards by January 2016 will result in a 5 percent Medicare cut for scans taken on the equipment, with a 15 percent cut for 2017 and following years. Article

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