Study sheds light on imaging self-referral

06/22/2009 | Diagnostic Imaging

A study conducted by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission found that doctors who have invested in medical imaging devices are more likely to refer patients to use them, and they generally incur higher costs than those without similar investments. The study, which is based on in-office imaging use from 2005 Medicare claim data, "shows that self-referral inevitably leads to high utilization," a radiology expert said.

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