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Medicare Rule May Discourage Brain CTs in ED



Anger over a coming rule that would limit brain scans in emergency department patients echoed through many sessions of the American College of Emergency Physicians scientific assembly in San Francisco this week.



3 comments on "Medicare Rule May Discourage Brain CTs in ED"
Scott Stroming (10/22/2011 at 6:01 PM)

I would be happy to order fewer tests if the feds make it illegal to sue me
Steven Meyerson, MD (10/21/2011 at 12:49 AM)

There is solid evidence that brain CTs are of no value for patients with syncope who lack neurological signs or symptoms yet nearly all of them have a CT ordered. This applies to other neuro diagnostics ordered for syncope as well. This should be a target for eliminating unnecessary and harmful testing. It's not rationing. It's applying medical knowledge to overcome fear of being sued for not ordering a test - even if it has been proven to be useless.
W. C. Dandridge, Jr. M. D. MBA, FACS (10/20/2011 at 5:02 PM)

Well it's starting. Rationing of health care.