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first_imgNovember 18, 2009 – The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) recently announced it will increase the reimbursement for positron emission tomography (PET) cardiac procedures in 2010. The final published rule maintains the assignment of all cardiac PET CPT codes to APC 0307 – PET myocardial perfusion imaging, with an increase in the payment for APC 0307 from $1,156.87 in 2009 to $1,432.87 in 2010 – a 24 percent increase from 2009. CMS’s Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and the 2010 payment rates for procedures continue to package payment for PET radiopharmaceuticals with payment for the imaging procedure (i.e. the nuclear medicine procedure ambulatory payment classifications (APC) payment rate).The increased reimbursement makes it more economically feasible for groups to adopt cardiac PET, said officials at Bracco Diagnostics Inc., which supplies PET radiotracers. The company said the increase, combined with the current worldwide shortage of the Mo-99 isotope used in SPECT imaging, have created more compelling reasons for physicians and hospitals to implement PET for myocardial perfusion imaging.PET also offers unique advantages that can be especially beneficial for difficult-to-image patients, including females, those who are obese or require pharmacologic stress testing, and patients with multivessel disease or who have had an equivocal SPECT MPI study.The final rule established by CMS will be effective for services on or after Jan. 1, 2010. For more information: www.braccoimaging.com, www.cms.hhs.gov/HospitalOutpatientPPS/HORD/list.asp#TopOfPage FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | November 18, 2009 PET Perfusion Reimbursement to Increase in 2010 News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more last_img read more

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