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J Ultrasound Med. 2004 Apr;23(4):459-66.

Performance, training, quality assurance, and reimbursement of emergency physician-performed ultrasonography at academic medical centers.

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  • 1Section of Emergency Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06519, USA. chris.moore@yale.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the current state of bedside emergency physician-performed ultrasonography in terms of prevalence, training, quality assurance, and reimbursement at emergency medicine residency programs.

METHODS:

The link to a 10-question Web-based survey was e-mailed to ultrasound/residency directors at 122 emergency medicine residency programs in the United States.

RESULTS:

The overall response rate was 84%. Ninety-two percent of programs reported 24-hour emergency physician-performed ultrasonography availability. Fifty-one percent of programs reported that a credentialing/privileging plan was in place at their hospital, and 71% of programs had a quality assurance/image review procedure in place. Emergency medicine specialty-specific guidelines of 150 ultrasonographic examinations and 40 hours of didactic instruction were met by 39% and 22% of residencies, respectively, although only 13.7% of programs were completing the 300 examinations recommended by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Sixteen programs (16%) reported that they were currently billing for emergency physician-performed ultrasonography; of those not billing, 10 (12%) planned to bill within 1 year, and 32 (37%) planned to bill at some point in the future.

CONCLUSIONS:

Performance and training in emergency physician-performed ultrasonography at academic medical centers continues to increase. The number of emergency medicine residency programs meeting specialty-specific guidelines has more than doubled in the last 4 years, but only a small number are meeting American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine guidelines. Although only 16% of programs reported that they were currently billing for emergency physician-performed ultrasonography, most had plans to bill in the future.

PMID:
15098862
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