On July 23, CMS published a notice in the Federal Register, soliciting proposals in a new imaging demonstration created under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.
The two-year Medicare Imaging Demonstration (MID) will test whether the use of decision supports systems (DSSs) can improve quality of care and reduce unnecessary radiation exposure and utilization by promoting appropriate ordering of advanced imaging services.
CMS would like to use “conveners” to reach eligible physicians interested in participating in the demonstrations. Conveners will be responsible for recruiting physician practices, deploying a DSS that incorporates medical specialty society guidelines for the selected procedures, ensuring the DSS remains current with those guidelines, collecting and transmitting data, and distributing payments to practices for reporting data. Accordingly CMS specifically would like the proposals from conveners to involve a diverse mix of physician practice sizes and types, medical specialties, and geographic areas. Applications to participate are due to CMS by September 21.
For more information on this topic, feel free to call Adrienne Dresevic, Esq. or Carey F. Kalmowitz, Esq. of The Health Law Partners at (248) 996-8510 or (212) 734-0128, visit the Stark specialty page, or the HLP website.