CMS reconsiders coverage for new PET uses

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to review current Medicare coverage for PET applications in inflammation and infection.

The CMS' decision follows a request to reconsider coverage for PET to diagnose chronic osteomyelitis, infections associated with hip arthroplasty, and fevers of unknown origin, each in lieu of bone, leukocyte, and/or gallium scintigraphy.

The request came from Dr. Abass Alavi, chief of the nuclear medicine section at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Javad Parvizi, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, both in Philadelphia.

CMS will take public comments on the issue until July 25 and could render its decision by the end of the year.

By staff writers
June 26, 2007

Related Reading

CMS examining CT angiography, June 20, 2007

CMS adds to cardiac ultrasound coverage, May 23, 2007

CMS debuts DOQ-IT U, April 12, 2007

CMS extends NPI implementation deadline, April 3, 2007

CMS rescinds IDTF rule changes, February 19, 2007

Copyright © 2007

Page 1 of 593
Next Page