In This Issue
Less is More: The State of BCT
Patient Selection Criteria for APBI
Is Breast Cancer Overdiagnosed?
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board
Deanna Attai, M.D.
Robert Kuske, M.D.

Jay Reiff, Ph.D.
Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.
Vic Zannis, M.D.
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February 2013 

Money Talks:
Managing an APBI Coverage Denial

Kathy Francisco, The Pinnacle Health Group 

When a woman is deemed to be a good candidate for accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), a denial in coverage for the treatment can be troubling for both the patient and the physician.

Although there have been no significant changes in APBI coverage over the past year, payers are making careful coverage decisions for all treatments, according to Kathy Francisco of The Pinnacle Health Group, one of the nation’s leading reimbursement consulting groups.

In this article, she discusses how physicians should verify coverage prior to treatment, as well as steps both physicians and patients can take to appeal a coverage denial. Read more

Patient Selection Criteria for APBI   

BEST Forum, Volume 1

Proper patient selection is a critical step in ensuring coverage for APBI. In this web-based presentation, Robert Kuske, MD, FAACE, examines the practical application of patient selection criteria for accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI).

Dr. Robert Kuske Presentation
Watch BEST Forum: Volume 1 with Robert Kuske

Dr. Kuske discusses the origin and common misconceptions about the current ASTRO gudelines, as well as reviews emerging data for controversial subsets, such as women with ER negative tumors, DCIS and younger age (< 60 years).


Visit the BEST Forum website to watch additional presentations, as well as download slides, white papers and supporting clinical data.

2013 SAVI Coding & Coverage Guide2013 SAVI Coding & Coverage Guide


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