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Study: Imaging Costs Vary According To Where There Are Performed

Diagnostic Imaging (6/5) reports, “Diagnostic radiology procedures have become a major target of Medicare reimbursement cuts,” which give the “impression... that these expensive tests are a chief contributor to the rising cost of healthcare.” However, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, “imaging costs vary according to where they are performed.” Study co-author David C. Levin, MD, professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson Medical College, indicated that, “to understand where the imaging costs were the highest and how best to improve cost savings without limiting access to tests, researchers undertook an evaluation of Medicare Part B data to assess which tests were being performed, by whom, and in what settings.”


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