Study: CMS code bundling may shift outpatient echo services to hospitals

12/19/2013 | HealthImaging.com

In-office echocardiography rates have steadily declined since 2009, when the CMS issued code bundling requirements, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Though code bundling was introduced to save costs, it could lead private cardiology offices to close and shift echocardiography procedures to hospitals, where costs are higher, the study's lead author said.

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