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Radiology Awarded $1.4 Million in Medicare Imaging Demonstration Project

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of five institutions selected by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Medicare Imaging Demonstration project (MID).

Drs. Richard Bruce and Gary Wendt of the Department of Radiology in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health developed a proposal and were awarded a $1.4 million contract with CMS to facilitate the evaluation of using a decision support system (DSS) at UW-Madison.


A decision support system has the potential to improve care quality, advance imaging indication quality, educate ordering providers and reduce duplicated and limited utility imaging for patients.

The Medicare Imaging Demonstration will assess the impact of DSS in clinical settings, including UW Hospital and Clinics, Meriter Health Services and a regional HMO (Group Health Cooperative or South Central Wisconsin).


This project aims to deploy a decision support system solution that will enhance imaging services to UW School of Medicine and Public Health referring physicians and patients in diverse subspecialty, community, and rural practice environments.


A decision support system will be integrated as a Point of Order system with Epic electronic health record systems to limit changes to provider workflows and increase ordering consistency through the baseline data collection and intervention phases of the Medicare Imaging Demonstration project.

Date Published: 02/23/2011

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Radiology Awarded $1.4 Million in Medicare Imaging Demonstration Project

Last updated: 02/23/2011
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