Disappointments are to the soul what the thunder storm is to the air
However, ACC CEO Jack Lewin told Cardiovascular Business News that the phased-in method will do little to reduce the blow to the practice of outpatient cardiology, and predicted that this decision will lead to the shuttering of many cardiology practices. He explained that the real danger in turning cardiologists into hospitalists is the reduced access to care in rural or suburban areas.
He suggested that the 36 percent cut to SPECT, along with the 10 percent to echocardiography, among others, will not allow practices to sustain revenues to keep them viable, adding that CMS doesn’t use the proper methodology to evaluate services that use sophisticated technologies.
However, former CMS Administrator Thomas A. Scully told Cardiovascular Business News that the agency is currently under tremendous pressure to redirect a finite amount of funds to primary care services and preventive care. While he acknowledged that some of CMS’ evaluative methods were flawed, Scully said that reductions will be enacted to all specialties.
Lewin also noted that ACC’s members are redirecting their attention away from the healthcare reform debate, which continues to rage on in Congress, and towards this rule, which the college is still attempting to overturn.
To further employ Schiller’s analogy, thunder, like disappointment, is fleeting if action is taken to overcome any downfalls.
On these topics, or any others, please feel free to contact me.