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Brigham and Women's Hospital selected to participate in Medicare imaging demonstration project
Date:2/16/2011

Boston, MA - Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) was selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of five conveners of a demonstration project that promotes appropriate utilization of advanced imaging services, CMS announced February 2, 2011. BWH was selected as a convener under the Medical Imaging Demonstration (MID) along with Henry Ford Health System; Maine Medical Center-Physician Hospital Organization; University of Wisconsin Hospital Foundation, and National Imaging Associates.

The BWH proposal to CMS was submitted on behalf of a consortium consisting of BWH, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA, Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY (Cornell) and Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA (Geisinger). This consortium recruited academic and non-academic physician practices employing more than 5,000 physicians and other ordering providers across the full spectrum of medical specialties (including primary care, cardiology, rheumatology, orthopedics, general surgery, neurosurgery, neurology and many other specialties). The participating practices serve patients in urban, suburban and rural settings in New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. These patients are very diverse, representing all major demographic characteristics of the populations in those states.

"The size, geographic reach and diversity of our consortium will allow us to gather and provide to CMS a wealth of data on the impact of decision support systems on the appropriate use of advanced medical imaging services," said Robert J. Min, M.D., M.B.A., Chairman of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

The two year demonstration will assess the impact of decision support systems used by physicians on the appropriateness and utilization of advanced medical imaging services (MRI, CT and nuclear medicine) ordered for fee-for-service Medicare ben
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Contact: Holly Brown-Ayers
hbrown-ayers@partners.org
617-534-1603
Brigham and Women's Hospital
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