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Brain changes after stimulant abuse appear to be more severe in women than in men, according to a publication from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The study used MRI to evaluate the brains of men and women who abstained from drug use, but who had been previously addicted to stimulants. The investigators found lower gray matter volumes in widespread brain regions in women who had been dependent on cocaine, amphetamines and/or methamphetamine for an average of 15.7 years as compared to controls. However, they found no significant differences between the males previously addicted to stimulants and the control group.
RadSite’s™ most recent revisions to the MIPPA Accreditation Program standards v2.2 have been approved by CMS and are now available to incoming applicants.
The MIPPA Accreditation Program (MAP) allows providers who bill CMS for CT, MRI, PET and SPECT procedures to apply for accreditation as required by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008. Similar to other accreditation programs, MAP includes a review of personnel, policies and procedures, as well as sample clinical images and phantom studies.
The extremely small (<3 mm) brain lesions frequently identified on MRI brain scans are often considered as a benign part of “normal aging.” However, recent evidence suggests that, when present, they more than triple the risk for stroke and stroke-related death in asymptomatic middle-aged and older adults. In addition, larger lesions (3 mm or greater) increase the risk for stroke eightfold; patients with both size lesions raises the stroke risk almost ninefold.
CMS has released the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). This major, proposed rule will revise payment polices under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and make other policy changes related to Medicare Part B payment. The 815 page key payment legislation is part of a broad effort to move Medicare toward value-based, quality care and is the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2105 (MACRA). The rule, called CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule, is expected to be published as a final rule this fall. The public has 60 days from the July 8, 2015 release of this rule to comment. The American College of Radiology said that it will continue discussions with CMS on behalf of radiologists and participating facilities.
Here are highlights of the proposed rule that will affect radiologists and entities who provide medical diagnostic imaging. Among the ramifications for providers of radiology services are: