Diagnostic imaging is now in the bottom 2% of spending growth categories compared with other services, according to a new study. Spending on imaging has fallen in the wake of the Deficit Reduction Act by 3.5% annually, even as spending on other services has risen by 3.6% annually. Technological advances, clinical decision support, improved EMR access and payment cuts have all potentially played a role, according to the study in the American Journal of Roentgenology. "Policymakers seeking further reductions in health care spending should consider directing future cost-cutting initiatives toward these now-leading service categories," said researcher Danny R. Hughes.

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