FDA Recommends Scaling Down X-rays for Children

FDA Recommends Scaling Down X-rays for Children

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a new guidance suggesting there should be something of a kids’ menu for imaging, one that employs the lowest dose of radiation possible when imaging younger patients (or avoids x-rays altogether, if feasible). “Pediatric patients generally require less radiation than adults to obtain a quality image from an x-ray exam, so doctors must take extra care to ‘child size’ the radiation dose,” the FDA said in a statement. …

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Imaging: X-Rays and Computed Tomography

Q. I understand that there will be reductions for x-ray reimbursements from Medicare in 2017. Is this true? A. To give imaging providers an additional incentive to adopt more advanced x-ray technology, Medicare will reduce reimbursement, beginning in 2017, for the technical component (and the technical component of the global fee) in claims submitted for x-rays performed with analog equipment. The cuts will continue in future years for those using computed radiography equipment (Table 1). …

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A Fall from a Roof by an Adult

Case A 29-year-old woman presents to an urgent care center after a fall from the roof of her house, where she was cleaning the gutters. She reports that her right heel began hurting intensely immediately after the fall and that the pain worsened in the time it took for a family member to get her to the center. She cannot bear weight on her right leg. She mentions that she is a runner who often takes part in …

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Billing for Medications, Supplies, and X-rays

DAVID STERN, MD (Practice Velocity) Q. What is the CPT code for Tetracaine Ophthalmic used in an urgent care setting? A. If you are referring to the drops used as part of the treatment in the office, then you should not charge separately for them. They are part of the E/M service. If you are providing a bottle of the solution for a patient to use at home, there are a few practical issues to …

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