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

eficiaries. "The use and cost of advanced medical imaging services have increased over the past decade," noted John F. Cardella, M.D., Chairman of Radiology at Geisinger. "The Medicare Imaging Demonstration project will help us examine whether providing information on the appropriateness of imaging to ordering physicians at the time they are making their clinical decisions affects the utilization of advanced imaging services."

Each recruited practice has agreed to utilize a decision support system provided through Medicalis Corporation (San Francisco, CA) and General Electric Healthcare (London, UK) to order all targeted advanced imaging procedures in the MID for Medicare fee for service beneficiaries and to provide to CMS the data required under the MID. "The CMS MID is an ambitious and critical undertaking," said Oran Muduroglu, President and CEO of Medicalis. "We are excited to play a role in this groundbreaking project with these outstanding institutions."

"GE Healthcare is committed to using the power of healthcare information technologies to improve the quality of care and reduce waste. We are pleased to support the physicians and health systems participating in the Medicare Imaging Demonstration," commented John Dineen, President and CEO of GE Healthcare.

The decision support provided to physicians will consist of guidelines created by several professional medical societies, including the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Radiology. The source and strength of each guideline will be transparent to the ordering physician and will assess the appropriateness of the advanced imaging request (appropriate, inconclusive/ uncertain or not appropriate), or suggest alternative tests when relevant. All of the physicians in each practice have agreed to participate in the MID and to cooperate with the evaluation process to be performed by the Rand Corporation (under contract with CMS).
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Contact: Holly Brown-Ayers
hbrown-ayers@partners.org
617-534-1603
Brigham and Women's Hospital
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