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WMIS Supports Experts, Commits to Resolve Beta Amyloid Issues with CMS
Date:2/7/2013

Washington DC (PRWEB) February 07, 2013

On January 30th, 2013 CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) held the MEDCAC (Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee) meeting to review the available evidence and hear public testimony on the use of beta amyloid PET imaging for the management of dementia and neurodegenerative disease. At the conclusion of the presentations and discussion, the panel voted ‘low to intermediate’ confidence in evidence supporting the PET imaging of brain beta amyloid to change health outcomes (improved, equivalent or worsened) in patients who display early symptoms or signs of cognitive dysfunction.
Based upon the scientific evidence acquired over the years, WMIS supports the position that PET Imaging does change the health outcomes. This position is similar to the testimony of several experts who presented during the meeting. “We stay firm in our belief that PET imaging can truly help improve health outcomes in patients and we support the testimony of the medical experts. We are committed to work with CMS to resolve any outstanding issues about beta amyloid imaging.” said Kim Pierce, Executive Director of WMIS.

WMIS is the molecular imaging sector’s largest source of information and data on reimbursement since it manages the NOPR. The National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) is a collaboration of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS), to ensure access to Medicare reimbursement for certain types of positron emission tomography (PET) scans.

The testimony of medical experts clearly demonstrated that significant evidence already exists. “It is important to recognize that the panel is concerned about insufficient evidence and is not questioning the fundamental premise of the diagnostic test. We invite CMS to work with the industry and molecular imagi
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