(Washington, D.C., Monday, February 22, 2016) - A new study analyzing the amount Medicare pays for common conditions finds that cardiac imaging triples when patients receive care at a hospital outpatient department instead of a physicianâ€™s office.
Researchers at Avalere Health showed the cost of cardiac imaging at an off-campus hospital-outpatient department averages $2,100 compared to $655 at a doctorâ€™s office.
Kelly Kenney, executive vice president at the Physicians Advocacy Institute, says policymakers are taking a close look at the data.
FOR MANY COMMON PROCEDURES, MEDICARE SPENDS MUCH LESS WHEN PATIENTS RECEIVE TREATMENT IN A PHYSICIANâ€™S OFFICE. AT A TIME WHEN ALL AMERICANS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT RISING HEALTHCARE COSTS, ITâ€™S HEARTENING TO SEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS.
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