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April 25, 2013


2013 AAPM Summer School - Quality and Safety in Radiotherapy: Learning the New Approaches in TG 100 and Beyond
June 16 - 20 - Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Make sure to register by May 8th to receive discounted registration fees. Eight Self Assessment Modules (SAMs) credits will be included (no extra fee). Register now.

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MEDICARE
Higher Payments to Hospital Outpatient Departments "Not Sustainable"
Medicare Proposals in Deficit Reduction Plan

MEETINGS
2013 AAPM Summer School: June 16 - 20, 2013; Colorado Springs, Colorado
AAPM Annual Meeting & Exhibition: August 4 - 8, 2013; Indianapolis, Indiana
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WEBSITE UPDATES
NRC names AAPM member Bruce Thomadsen as Chair of the ACMUI
RSNA - QIBA has launched the "Volumetric Study 3A" Challenge leveraging TCIA’s RIDER data
IOMP launches journal Medical Physics International - Editorials, IOMP Professional & educational activities, Medical physics organisations, Educational resources, Practical and applied medical physics, Innovations in medical physics applications, History and heritage, announcement and review of recent publications and PhD abstracts.
• The 2013 AAPM/RSNA Imaging Physics Residency Grant Recipients are:
  · University of Alabama at Birmingham - Michael Yester
  · University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health - Frank Ranallo
  · Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center - Lawrence Rothenberg
2013 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration in Baltimore, June 26-28
IOMP announces International Day of Medical Physics
News for ABR candidates
 

MEDICARE

Higher Payments to Hospital Outpatient Departments "Not Sustainable"
As hospitals continue to acquire physician practices and integrate them within their networks, the higher payments doled out to hospital-owned facilities will strain the healthcare system. The acquisition of physicians by hospitals has accelerated the growth in hospital outpatient procedures and related expenditures. For example, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) estimates that 35 percent of cardiologists are now employed by hospitals, an increase from 11 percent only five years ago. Many hospitals and health systems have ramped up their physician practice acquisitions in order to employ more physicians and bring in higher sources of revenue through enhanced payments.

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Medicare Proposals in Deficit Reduction Plan
The chairmen of the White House’s 2010 deficit-reduction panel recently unveiled an updated deficit-reduction plan that includes key Medicare proposals that include: gradually increase the Medicare eligibility age while implementing a “buy-in” program with income-related premiums and subsidies for lower-income seniors; give the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) more power; repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician pay formula -- accompanied by a pay cut; bundle pay; combine hospital, medical and drug insurance; make Medicare Advantage (MA) plans bid against one another; restore drug rebates to those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid; ban pay-for-delay; expand durable medical equipment (DME) competitive bidding; restrict Medigap; and means test more seniors.

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