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  • October 2011

    New Analysis Finds Lack of Cost Savings and Efficacy Data Associated with Prior Authorization

    Washington, D.C. – Policy proposals to adopt prior authorization for advanced medical imaging as a means of controlling utilization would not provide meaningful cost savings, according to a new literature review by The Moran Company. The report, released today by the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC), evaluated the cost savings of various proposed imaging policies and found that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is unlikely to score significant savings for these strategies.

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  • August 2011

    Study Shows Quantity of Advanced Imaging Services Declines for First Time in 11 Years

    Washington, D.C. – The volume of advanced imaging services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries decreased in 2009 for the first time in 11 years, according to analysis by The Moran Company.  The study, released by the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC), a coalition of physician, patient and imaging manufacturer groups, found that while the volume […]

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  • September 2009

    Optimal Utilization Of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Equipment: Principles and Implications

    Dr. David W. Lee, Dr. David Butz

    Basic tenets of operational research suggest that adopting MedPAC’s recommended 90% utilization factor would have significant negative consequences for patients.

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  • September 2009

    New Survey: 71 Percent of Voters Oppose Medicare Cuts for Medical Imaging

    Zogby Interactive

    A public opinion survey released on the eve of President Obama’s Joint Address to Congress on health care shows that Americans recognize the value of medical imaging as a critical component of high-quality health care…

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  • September 2009

    Report: Imaging Equipment Utilization Rates Lower Than Assumed

    Radiology Business Management Association

    The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) conducted a survey of its members with freestanding/outpatient imaging centers to collect imaging equipment specific information…

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  • July 2009

    Study Demonstrates Significant Benefits of F-FDG PET in Evaluating Colorectal Liver Metastases

    Journal of Nuclear Medicine | Theo J.M. Ruers, Bastiaan Wiering, Joost R.M. van der Sijp, Rudi M. Roumen, Koert P. de Jong, Emile F.I. Comans, Jan Pruim, Helena M. Dekker, Paul F.M. Krabbe, and Wim J.G. Oyen

    In a randomized multi-center study of 150 patients with colorectal liver metastases recommended for surgery, Ruers et al evaluated the benefits of F-FDG PET by comparing the utilization of F-FDG PET…

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  • June 2009

    The Association Between Hospital Outcomes & Diagnostic Imaging: Could More Be Better?

    Academy Health 2009 Annual Research Meeting | David W. Lee, Ph.D. and David A. Foster, Ph.D.

    Diagnostic imaging, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic radiology (MR), ultrasound and x-ray, uses advanced radiation technology to view the inside of a patient’s body for signs of stroke, cancer and other serious diseases.

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  • June 2009

    Study Demonstrates Significant Increases in Life Expectancy Due to Advanced Medical Imaging, Offsetting Mortality Rates Attributed to Obesity

    National Bureau of Economic Research | Dr. Frank Lichtenberg, PhD

    In his evaluation, Dr. Lichtenberg sought to determine the reach and effect of certain variables on life expectancy: the effect of the quality of medical care, behavioral risk factors…

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  • June 2009

    New Research Concludes Computed Tomography Colonography an Acceptable Alternative to Colonoscopy for Surveillance of High-Risk Individuals

    Journal of American Medical Association | Regge D, Laudi C, Galatola G, et al.

    In a multi-center study, Dr. Daniele Regge and her team examined a cohort of 937 patients, each of whom had one or more of the following three determining factors that may increase a patient’s susceptibility…

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  • May 2009

    CT Angiography Shown to Be Safe, Effective Screening Method for Ruling out Cardiovascular Disease

    Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s annual conference | Judd Hollander et al.

    In the first long-term study to follow a large number of patients who have undergone emergency room computed tomography angiography…

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