CMS loosens PET purse strings

PET advocates finally pulled out the pins and needles this week when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would extend Medicare coverage to certain patients suspected of having Alzheimer's disease.

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

PET advocates finally pulled out the pins and needles this week when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would extend Medicare coverage to certain patients suspected of having Alzheimer's disease.

For molecular imaging specialists it was a hard-won battle. But the fight to increase PET reimbursement continues, according to consultant Jennifer Keppler. In an article by staff writer Jonathan S. Batchelor, Keppler offers words of wisdom on securing PET payments. The best offensive strategy, she says, is to keep pace with the specifics of Medicare reimbursement in all their complexity. Visit the Molecular Imaging Digital Community to find out more.

You'll also want to stay tuned to the community next week for the latest clinical and business news from the 2004 Society of Nuclear Medicine conference in Philadelphia. Be sure to stop by the Ultrasound Digital Community as well, for up-to-date reports from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting in Phoenix.

Finally, we'll have news and views from the International Congress of Radiology in Montreal, and from Stanford University's International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT in San Francisco.

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