Study questions regional variation in imaging utilization, costs as policy metric

10/7/2013 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

A study reported in a radiology journal argues that targeting regional variation in imaging utilization might not be the best approach for dealing with Medicare costs. The assessment of data from 2007 to 2011 showed that utilization of imaging by region was more consistent than for other major services. "Policymakers are focused on a particular angle of this problem: the costs of imaging and how to reduce them," researcher Dr. Andrew Rosenkrantz said. "Our study questions whether this is the best focus."

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