Medicare: Trends in Fees, Utilization, and Expenditures for Imaging Services Before and After Implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act Of 2005

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DIANE Publishing, 2009 - 17 pages
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Rapid spending growth for Medicare Part B has heightened concerns about the long-range fiscal sustainability of Medicare. Spending on physician imaging services (PIS) has been one of the fastest-growing sets of services paid for under the Medicare Part B physician fee schedule. By 2006 about 2/3 of spending on PIS occurred in physician office settings -- an indictor of a shift toward providing imaging services in physician┐s offices. This report: (1) examines the extent to which fees for performing imaging tests were affected by the cap in 2007 on Medicare┐s hospital outpatient prospective payment system; and (2) analyzes trends in expenditures and utilization for PIS under Medicare┐s fee-for-service program through 2007. Charts and tables.

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