UND Breaking News: PAs to Directly Supervise Stress Testing Without Physician on Premises

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UND has announced that Physician Assistants (PA’s) are now able to supervise stress testing, without the doctor being present.

"Bringing about transparency and urgent relief to practices in need!"

"Bringing about imaging cost control for entities nationwide!"

. “This is significant and an excellent outcome for healthcare entities and providers and we look forward to meeting the demand”

In the ever-changing world of diagnostics, healthcare entities are under increased pressure to control diagnostic testing costs. Accessible via http://www.nuclearstresstest.net, UND’s models provide permanent and mobile nuclear stress test imaging services and equipment for physician practices, and hospitals nationwide. With practices, hospitals, testing centers as well as HMO’s all under increasing pressure to control costs while not compromising care, together with reimbursement decreases and denial rate increases, knowing how to be most efficient in imaging operations is more imperative than ever.

According to Avi Soffer, UND’s CEO and President of the Diagnostic Services Organization, “Given that PAs are now able to supervise the entire process from beginning to end, in our ongoing focus on providing solutions to those seeking lower greatly flexibility, ease of process, lower costs/increased imaging margins, UND will begin providing PA supervision services and options to clients and healthcare facilities in need and when appropriate to do so.

The FAPA (Florida Academy of Physician Assistants) has confirmed the recent direct supervision change stating, “Effective immediately, PAs may be delegated the authority to issue a final diagnosis and perform the following duties without a supervising physician present, i.e. under “indirect supervision.” Among those duties are the “Performance of cardiac stress testing.” The recently changed Rule 64B8-30.012 P further states, “The decision to permit the physician assistant to perform a task or procedure under direct or indirect supervision is made by the supervising physician based on reasonable medical judgment…”

This rule change now enables doctors, who are often pressed for time and or need to be in the hospital or a separate location, to have stress tests completed while they are away. “This is significant and an excellent outcome for healthcare entities and providers and we look forward to meeting the demand,” says Soffer.

UND is among the nations leading Diagnostic Services Organization (DSO) and provider of healthcare services, specializing in reducing costs associated with diagnostic imaging, equipment service/repair and accreditation services. UND presently provides services to physician practices and hospitals throughout the U.S. of an aggregate of physicians, treating over 120,000 patients annually. In 2008, the Company also acquired UND ProtectionPLUS, providing reduced costs on nuclear camera equipment, repairs and comprehensive service agreements. Additionally, the Company acquired the rights to and is creating a derivate product of the NuclearMac imaging software.

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