May 13, 2009 - United Medical Systems (UMS), a mobile services company, is launching a new “turnkey” brachytherapy service program in selected areas of the U.S., which will feature a prostate brachytherapy service model.
UMS is initiating this program based upon new rules and changes made in the reimbursement policies for ambulatory surgical centers by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and will provide the latest equipment along with a certified ultrasound technologist, who will set up and assist with the procedure inside the ASC on a scheduled basis.
Given recent changes in reimbursement, along with a more efficient means to deliver this service, the new prostate brachytherapy service model will provide greater efficiencies that benefit the urologist. The more advantageous cost model for the surgery center is one reason more ASCs will adopt performing brachytherapy and to utilizing this service program. This program will generate a new revenue source for the ASC and also will expand the relationship between the surgery center and the practicing urologist, thus creating a portal for more urology based procedures.
Additionally, by offering prostate brachytherapy at the ASC, rather than the hospital, offers a multitude of benefits for the patient. A caring, comfortable environment is convenient for patients – fast, easy registration; onsite pre-admission testing; expanded recovery room for patient privacy and a more relaxed, patient friendly environment.
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