Report: Spending on Medical Imaging has Dropped | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Report: Spending on Medical Imaging has Dropped

November 21, 2011
by root
| Reprints

A new analysis of Medicare data, released the Washington, D.C.-based Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) says that Medicare spending on medical imaging continues to decline and that Medicare patients are receiving fewer imaging procedures.

According to David Fisher, executive director of MITA, this data is proof of the downward trend in both imaging spending and utilization in Medicare that has occurred in recent years. The analysis shows that spending on imaging services for each Medicare beneficiary has dropped 13.2 percent since 2006, when significant imaging-specific reimbursement cuts from the Deficit Reduction Act began to be implemented, and imaging utilization per beneficiary declined by 3 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, spending for non-imaging Medicare services has grown by 20 percent since 2006 and utilization increased 2 percent in 2010.

The analysis also found that imaging is now a smaller portion of Medicare spending than it was at the turn of the century. According to MITA, Congress and the Administration have cut imaging reimbursements seven times in six years, with payments for some services being reduced by over 60 percent, including bone density screenings, arm and leg artery x-rays, and MRIs of the brain. These cuts hurt patient access and undercut the benefits of early detection.



Report: Insider Threats to Patient Data Remain Unnoticed

Of the reported healthcare data breach incidents that occurred in September, it took an average of 387 days for healthcare organizations to discover a breach had occurred, according to a report from cybersecurity software company Protenus.

Reports: Ex-Pharma Exec Alex Azar Emerges as Trump’s Top Pick for HHS Secretary

President Donald Trump could be on the verge of tapping Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive and George W. Bush administration official, as the next HHS Secretary, according to media reports.

ONC HIT Certification Program Approves HIMSS Immunization Integration Method

The ONC has approved a HIMSS testing method for the health IT certification program that can now serve as an alternative to the current National Coordinator-approved method for testing transmissions to immunization registries.

UF Health Receives $2.2 Million CDC Grant for Telemedicine Project

UF Health Jacksonville in Florida will be using a $2.2 million federal grant to launch a telemedicine program aimed at improving care for patients living with HIV in an urban setting.

Epic, CVS Health Team Up to Use Analytics for Informed Medication Insights

Epic Systems and CVS Health have announced an initiative in which analytics and data sharing will be leveraged to generate insights surrounding dispensing patterns and behaviors around medication adherence.

Two Major Healthcare Collaboratives Partner to Improve Regional Data Sharing

NRHI a national organization of regional healthcare improvement collaboratives, and SHIEC, a national trade association representing health information exchanges, are now joining forces.