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Monday, July 13, 2015

What Will You Have to Spend to Comply with the New 2016 CT Radiation Standards?

With cuts in reimbursements starting at 5% in 2016 and growing to 15% in 2017 for procedures done in outpatient clinics by non-compliant scanners, what is your facility's strategy? Will you suffer the decline in revenue? Or, will you find the money necessary to upgrade your fleet of CT's?

These decisions are being handed to you by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.  CT's that do not comply with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association's XR 29-2013, "Standard Attributes on CT Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management" are subject to the cuts.


CT scanners used in an inpatient setting are not affected by the Act...yet. But, for the safety of your patients, your hospital should be thinking about ways to purchase CT scanners and other equipment that emit lower levels of radiation regardless. It's only a matter of time before these regulations will expand to inpatient settings.

At around $1,000,0000 each, upgrading to new compliant CT's is going to require significant budget planning. If you haven't already done so, do your hospital a favor and check with your colleagues to ensure your CT scanners are compliant with NEMA's XR 29-2013. You could be saving them millions of dollars in lost patient revenue. 

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