Archives for January 2014

Drastic cuts to hospital outpatient cardiac ultrasound proposed

Congress is now seriously considering funding the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal bill in part with a 60% reduction in Medicare payment to hospital outpatient departments for echocardiography services, to the levels paid in physicians’ offices. Adoption of this cut would jeopardize the quality of echocardiography services provided in hospitals, jeopardize the jobs and working conditions of cardiac sonographers employed by hospitals, and put many hospital echo labs in the “red.”  Read more here.

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Attention Innovators

Do you or someone you know have an innovative solution to improve cardiovascular ultrasound? Sign up to compete in Echovation Challenge 2018the top three projects will win a share of the $10,000 prize! Visit the challenge portal to find out what’s required, register as an innovator, follow & share the challenge, or join the conversation. Submission deadline is February 9!