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May 17, 2013


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This Issue

Radiation Oncology Institute releases RFP focused on examining the comparative value of radiation therapy
2013 AAPM Summer School: June 16 - 20, 2013; Colorado Springs, Colorado: Early Deadline has passed but it is not to late register now!
AAPM Newsletter - New Edition Now Available This is a members only link.

ELECTIONS
2013 Board of Directors Election Information - Members-at-Large Slate Announced/Additional Nominees Requested This is a members only link.

MEDICARE
Hospital Inpatient Proposed Rule Phases In Some Pay Cuts
CT and MRI Equipment Manufacturers May Realize Reductions in Hospital Payments

MEETINGS
AAPM Annual Meeting & Exhibition: August 4 - 8, 2013; Indianapolis, Indiana
AAPM Member Benefit - RSNA Annual Meeting: Your AAPM membership entitles you to free advance registration for RSNA 2013. Advance Registration and Housing opened May 8.
Chapter Meetings

WEBSITE UPDATES
AAPM Work Group on Prevention of Errors in Radiation Oncology announces two recent publications
The NIH Rock Talk blog and other ways to get research news
The NCI Cancer Imaging Archive – a research and teaching resource
Results of a survey of AAPM members on Ethics and Professionalism
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
2013 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration in Baltimore, June 26-28
IOMP announces International Day of Medical Physics
 

MEDICARE

Hospital Inpatient Proposed Rule Phases In Some Pay Cuts
CMS recently proposed increasing payment rates for hospital inpatient services by 0.8 percent in 2014, a move that drew praise from hospitals as CMS moderated some of the pay cuts recently pushed by Congress, including offsets for the short-term physician payment patch included in the January fiscal cliff deal.

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CT and MRI Equipment Manufacturers May Realize Reductions in Hospital Payments
The American College of Radiology, Medical Imaging and Technology Association and advanced-imaging equipment manufacturers, including GE Healthcare and Siemens Healthcare, recently met with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials in a bid to keep the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from using separate cost centers for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to set reimbursement levels.

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