The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's proposed increase in the use rate for imaging equipment to 90% is not realistic based on basic economic principles and a medical work-flow standpoint, according to a study released by the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition. While the proposed increase could lower per-service cost, "a 90 percent utilization factor surpasses the tipping point at which increased utilization becomes counterproductive, increases costs and can overwhelm the system," the analysis said.

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