Experts raise concern over planned cuts for cardiovascular imaging

11/4/2009 | TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration)

Cardiovascular imaging experts have expressed concern over the CMS' planned physician payment cuts for several cardiovascular imaging services, including a 36% cut for myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging, as part of the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule. One expert said that because of the cuts, "private-practice cardiology will cease to exist as viable, and cardiologists will shift to hospitals or integrated systems." The agency will take comments on the final rule until Dec. 29.

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