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Government Rule Designed to Limit CT Scans in ERs Is Unreliable, Invalid and Inaccurate, Says ACEP
Date:2/22/2012

," said Dr. Schuur. "There are not evidence-based guidelines addressing which older adults with headaches can safely be evaluated without a CT."

CMS plans to publish the data from measure OP-15 on their internet site Hospital Compare.

"This could have the unintended consequence of pressuring physicians not to order otherwise appropriate CT scans in order to bolster their hospitals' performance on the CMS measure," said David Seaberg, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  "This has potential to put seniors – who are the most likely to have dangerous causes of headaches – at risk if serious conditions are missed."

Annals of Emergency Medicine is the peer-reviewed scientific journal for the American College of Emergency Physicians, a national medical society. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research, and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. For more information visit www.acep.org.

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