The Effect of Self-Referral on Utilization of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
Levin, David C
Rao, Vijay M
AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2011 Apr; 196(4): 848-52
OBJECTIVE: This article reviews the evidence on the relationship between recent increases in utilization of diagnostic imaging and self-referral. The evidence shows that self-referral invariably leads to higher utilization and the attendant higher costs. CONCLUSION: Because most physicians do not own advanced imaging equipment, their own best interests are being thwarted by the practice of self-referral. Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should restrict the in-office ancillary services exception to the Stark laws as it applies to advanced imaging.
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