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The CTAAB process begins with the submission of a letter of intent to the Staff Director. Pertinent information from the letter of intent is posted on the web in the CTAAB Review Log to allow for competing applications to be submitted. The letter of intent is reviewed against appropriateness criteria from CTAAB's Mission Statement and Screening Criteria. The potential applicant is informed in writing if the project will not be reviewed by CTAAB. If the project meets CTAAB's criteria for review, Staff Director sends an application to the proponent, who submits it for review. The issue is further researched utilizing peer-reviewed journals, information from experts and documentation from the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, where applicable.
The Technology Assessment Committee or Capacity Consultant reviews the complete application, performs a detailed analysis of the issues and forwards its findings to CTAAB. CTAAB investigates and makes a judgement on the issue, carefully considering the impact on all members of the community. CTAAB's non-binding judgement is conveyed to the local payers for consideration in the formulation of their reimbursement policies.
CTAAB will assess community need for health care projects in the areas of new or expanded technology, new or expanded services, and major capital expenditures as proposed by public providers (e.g., Article 28) and private providers (e.g., physicians, entrepreneurs, and health facilities). The CTAAB will make determination on whether:
For the purposes of determining the scope of CTAAB activities:
The CTAAB will review and make recommendations on:
In addition to the above-listed criteria, the following issues are of importance to the community and will always be reviewed regardless of financial impact: cardiac catheterization labs, operating rooms, diagnostic and treatment centers, transplant services, hospital beds, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units, positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, sleep beds, computed tomography (CT) scanners, lithotripters, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Note: As a part of the analysis of a proposal for an incremental CT scanner, review of ICD-9 or other diagnostic codes will be undertaken to determine if the current and/or projected volume of scans is justified only on the basis of cardiac-related procedures.
Exceptions will be considered by CTAAB on a case-by-case basis.
In making its determination of need, the Technology Assessment Committee and the CTAAB shall consider the following questions in an evidence-based review of the proposed technology:
Does the technology meet a patient care need?
How does the technology compare to existing alternatives?
What is the cost of the technology compared to the benefits attained from using it?
Does community need justify this expenditure?
Under what circumstances should the technology be used?
In its review of projects that develop or expand health care delivery services in the region, the CTAAB shall consider the following needs assessment criteria in its deliberations: