Do the math before you panic about XR 29
According to Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index, hospitals paid an average of $801,796 for a new CT scanner in April 2015.
Is a new CT scanner in your budget?
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) XR 29 requirements for CT dose optimization and management go into effect on January 1, 2016.
XR 29, also known as Smart Dose, identifies four key attributes for CT compliance.
To read more about the four attributes, check out our last blog post on XR 29.
You should take into consideration your current usage and the time, cost and benefit of a machine replacement, before you decide to upgrade a non-compliant CT scanner.
Medicare will reduce reimbursement by 5% in 2016 and 15% in 2017 for non-compliant users. It’s important to note that the reimbursement cuts will only apply to CT scans billed under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) or the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS or OPPS).