Physician Self-Referral for Imaging and the Cost of Chronic Care for Medicare Beneficiaries
Hughes, Danny R
Sunshine, Jonathan H
Medical care 2011 Sep; 49(9): 857-64
As the cost of both chronic care and diagnostic imaging continue to rise, it is important to consider methods of cost containment in these areas. Therefore, it seems important to study the relationship between self-referral for imaging and the cost of care of chronic illnesses. Previous studies, mostly of acute illnesses, have found self-referral increases utilization and, thus, probably imaging costs.
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Hughes, Danny R; Bhargavan, Mythreyi; Sunshine, Jonathan H (2010-12)Self-referral for imaging services occurs when a physician sends patients to receive an imaging procedure from a device that the physician owns or leases. Advocates argue that this shortens the duration of illness and ...
Sunshine, Jonathan; Bhargavan, Mythreyi (2010-12)Imaging as a result of self-referral-when a physician refers patients for imaging tests at a facility owned or leased by the same physician-is widespread. The practice has come under much scrutiny because it is associated ...