Brian D. Ross, MD, PhD

SAINT JOSEPH HOSPITAL PHARMACY

1755 CURIE DR

Articles

MRS gains indications, but still fights for reimbursement

November 02, 2005

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of diagnostic MR spectroscopy are greatly exaggerated. CPT 76390 is considered standard of care as an effective imaging technique for the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients with brain lesions by Cigna Healthcare, a respected healthcare provider,1 though declared "investigational" by Blue Shield, Anthem, and Medicare. Radiologists and other physicians are confused and annoyed by some insurers' refusal to reimburse for their MRS services.