Medicare: Physicians who Invest in Imaging Centers Refer More Patients for More Costly Services : Statement of Janet L. Shikles, Director, Health Financing and Policy Issues, Human Resources Division, Before the Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives

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The Office, 1993 - Diagnostic imaging - 8 pages

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Page 4 - Florida physicians with a financial interest in freestanding diagnostic imaging centers had higher referral rates for imaging services than other physicians. Moreover, the differences in the referral rates were greatest for costly, hightechnology imaging services. As shown in...
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