Just a quick thought today about healthcare in general and Ultrasound’s and Sonography’s future in specific. This will effect all modalities including Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound), Vascular Sonography and General (OB/GYN) Ultrasound.
As many of you are already aware the Obamacare law has slashed the reimbursements for Echocardiography, Vascular Ultrasound, and General Ultrasound. This has had, in my opinion, a great influence on the number of Echocardiographers, Vascular Techs and Ultrasound Techs being hired. Many facilities have gone to PRN sonographers in leu of full time positions. Thus the final symposis is their are very few jobs being offered right now, at a time when graduate numbers are increasing. Also added to this is that when fully implemented, Obamacare, will greatly increase the number of patients requiring Echo, Vascular, and Ultrasound studies. So while lowering reimbursements, causing fewer techs, raising the number of studies requested. Sound like a formula for wait lists, shortages, etc? We at the Academy are already noticing many imaging centers and Dr. offices no longer offering inhouse studies. (More Echo, Vascular, and Ultrasound techs without employment) This will greatly influence Echocardiography Training and Vascular Training and Ultrasound Training. It is more important than ever to attend a program that has passing the ARDMS or CCI registry as part of their curriculum.
So back to the thought for today. I came across this article dealing with the future of Healthcare after the Election. It discusses both alternatives, considering the election outcome.
A short excerpt:
“the future of ObamaCare is at stake in next week’s elections. If President Obama wins and Democrats hold the Senate, the Affordable Care Act will survive. If Mitt Romney wins and Republicans take the Senate, the law is dead. It is the starkest of differences”
You can find the remainder of the article at:
No matter how your political views swing, I feel that the Healthcare law and its future will have a dramatic impact of the future of Echocardiography, Vascular and General Ultrasound jobs going forward.
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By John Sheldon