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Medicare and Medicaid CT scan measure is unreliable according to new BWH study
Date:2/23/2012

een inappropriately imaged.

This led researchers to conclude that CMS measure OP-15 may lead to inaccurate comparisons of EDs' imaging performance.

"It is important for physicians, hospitals and payers to work together to develop systems that ensure that every CT that is performed is appropriate," said Schuur. "Our research finds that OP-15 may not be a valid measure of imaging in elders and that when calculated from Medicare claims, can produce unreliable data."

"Further research should focus on developing scientific evidence that could be used to better inform this measure," added Ali Raja, MD, associate director for trauma, BWH Department of Emergency Medicine, and study co-author. According to Raja, "existing guidelines built around solid evidence for the appropriate use of CT for other clinical conditions could serve as a guide for the measurement of these and similar conditions."


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Contact: Marjorie Montemayor-Quellenberg
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617-534-2208
Brigham and Women's Hospital
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