IAMERS 21st Annual Meeting

Helping Small Business Help the Economy

April 30th – May 2nd 2014

Willard Hotel • Washington D.C.

Featured Speakers:

Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Mark Leahey, CEO
Medical Device Mfgr. Assn.

Featured Topics:

Small Business Initiatives
CMS Trends in Reimbursement
FDA Updates
Global Markets Review
U.S. Dept of Commerce

Contact Diana Upton at diana@iamers.org for more information.

 

Washington DC

CT Procedure Volume Drops 11% Over Past 2 Years

The findings appear to dovetail with other studies that have shown an overall slowdown in utilization of advanced imaging technologies throughout the U.S. But while CT use has fallen over the past couple of years, the report indicates that the age of the CT installed based has climbed significantly, generating hope that scanner sales could pick up steam as sites look to replace aging systems and upgrade to new technology.

Read more here.

IAMERS ECR Reception

You’re invited to attend the IAMERS’ ECR Reception in Vienna

The recption will be heald on Saturday March 8th at 7pm

Non-members €800 per person
All attending must be pre-registered.

For additional information: diana@iamers.org

 

CMS Doing Little to Address Electronic Health Records Vulnerabilities, OIG Says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and its contractors have done little to address vulnerabilities in electronic health records, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

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Isotope Production Alternatives Aim to Meet North American Demand

With the world’s major producing reactors shutting down regularly or facing decommission, some enterprising solutions to medical isotope production are jockeying to pick up the slack in North America, according to a review published Dec. 11, 2013, inNature.

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Meaningful-use Deadline Pushed Back One Year

The CMS is giving providers another year to show they’ve met the Stage 2 criteria of the federal government’s incentive program to encourage the adoption and meaningful-use of electronic health records. That means the start of the next phase will be pushed back a year.

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Associations Weigh In On MU [Meaningful Use] Timeline Change

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC’s) major announcement of a one-year extension for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 got industry stakeholders talking. While there is added flexibility down the road, there remains no immediate relief as Stage 2 rolls out—leaving many in the field to question, is it enough?

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More Work Needed for CT Colonography Reimbursement

Continued scientific publications, legislative efforts, and public education about the value of CT colonography (CTC) are vital for achieving acceptance and reimbursement of the screening nationally, according to an article published in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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Study Finds Overdiagnosis in CT Lung Screening

A new analysis of National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) data has found that as many as one-fifth of all lung cancer diagnoses may represent overdiagnosis — that is, detection of indolent or slow-growing lung cancers that may never have harmed the patient, according to a report in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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RSNA Reports Flat Attendance at 2013 Show

By Thursday, December 5, RSNA was reporting total attendance of 53,169, essentially unchanged compared with Thursday attendance of 52,973 at the 2012 edition of the meeting. The 2012 meeting itself saw attendance decline 9% compared to 2011.

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