Economics/Radiology Practice Committee Report

The AAR Economic and Radiology Practice Committee is chaired by Bibb Allen MD. The AAR is truly privileged to have someone with the knowledge, experience and talent that he brings to this important leadership position. As many are aware, Dr. Allen serves as the Vice Chair of the ACR Commission on Economics, the Chair of ACR Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee, the ACR RUC Advisor to AMA Relative Value Update Committee, member of ACR Managed Care Committee, and member of the ACR Coding and Nomenclature Committee. He works tirelessly for the AAR and ACR on behalf of the needs of our membership and patients at the state and national levels.

Included in this section are comments, information, and resources submitted for the AAR membership to review. The AAR attempts to update this section quarterly as information becomes available. Members’ comments or concerns about an economic/practice issue may be presented for discussion in the AAR Web Forum or during the next meeting of the AAR meeting. Alternatively, feel free to contact the AAR.

Current Issues In Imaging Economics Affecting Alabama Radiologists

This section is devoted to keeping members of the Alabama Academy of Radiology informed about economic issues in radiology that have bearing on our practices and reimbursement. In this initial installment, we look at the important coding changes for 2006 and local reimbursement policy for some high profile procedures.

Congress Stops Physician Payment Cuts
Cardiac CT and CTA Studies – How do we Code and What can we expect in Payment?
Comments to Alabama Medicare concerning Coronary CTA, 12/11/2005 (PDF)
LCDs for CT Angiography, Coronary Arteries (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet)
Local Coverage Determination (LCD) on Cardiac Computed Tomography and Computed Tomography Coronary Angiography (PDF)
Model LCD Cover Letter (PDF)

– Bibb Allen, MD
Chair, Economics/Radiology Practice Committee

 

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