Posts Tagged ‘ imaging ’

Excess Imaging Has A Fiscal — And Personal — Cost

Posted On : December 5, 2014,   Time : 8:26 am

A new study has concluded that unnecessary medical imaging in conjunction with cardiac stress tests not only costs the healthcare system more than $500 million annually but also creates enough radiation exposure to give 491 Americans cancer each year. Using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the study’s authors concluded that imaging with a cardiac stress test rose from 59 percent of the time in the early 1990s to 87 percent of the time by 2010. Meanwhile, the percentage of patients who underwent a stress test without the presence of cardiac disease rose more than 50 percent during that same time period. As a result, the researchers concluded that nearly 35 percent of cardiac stress imaging tests are unnecessary. That’s read more

Four Times When You Should Question Your Doctor’s Diagnosis

Posted On : October 18, 2014,   Time : 10:30 am

Questioning your doctor about their medical advice can be difficult or awkward, but there are definitely times when you should do so. According to Yahoo Health, there are four instances when you should ask questions about the advice dispensed by your physician. They include: When you’re advised to undergo an imaging exam. MRIs and other forms of imaging are among the most overutilized services in healthcare, with as many as half of them being medically unnecessary. They can also be quite expensive, costing $1,000 or more. And while the exposure to radiation is minimal, no radiation exposure at all is ideal. Moreover, an unnecessary imaging exam can lead to more unnecessary medical care. When you’re given a l read more

Unnecessary Imaging Costs U.S. At Least $7.5 Billion a Year

Posted On : September 27, 2014,   Time : 6:00 am

The consulting firm peer60 surveyed 196 hospital executives to come to that figure, which is that firm's low-end estimate. The actual price tag could be as high as $12 billion, representing about one out of every eight imaging procedures that takes place in the U.S. Defensive medicine – performing a medical task more out of concern of being sued for malpractice than actual medical necessity – was one of the biggest drivers of unnecessary imaging. However, some doctors are also having trouble keeping up with the latest developments in imaging, leading them to order unnecessary tests, the survey concluded. read more