Navigation Links
Is declining medical imaging use driving up hospital stays and medical costs?
Date:10/25/2012

A new report by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute shows that the length of the average hospital stay in the United States has increased at the same time as use of medical imaging scans has declined. It is unclear if the trends are related, but potentially important, as hospital admissions are among the largest, and fastest growing, health care costs. More research is needed to assess the potential negative impact of government and private insurer imaging reductions on overall medical costs and patient safety.

"Lawmakers, regulators and medical professionals are making medical imaging policy decisions without fully understanding or examining their downstream effects which may include an increase in hospital stays, associated costs and other adverse events. We need to examine imaging, as it relates to a patient's overall continuum of care, to ensure that decision makers don't create imaging cost reduction policies which paradoxically raise overall costs, create barriers to care, and ultimately harm patients," said Richard Duszak, MD, chief executive officer and senior research fellow of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

Much of a building body of research regarding medical imaging focuses on declining costs and utilization of imaging. There is relatively little research focused on imaging as a component of overall patient care. For many serious indications, imaging scans have been shown to reduce the number of invasive surgeries, unnecessary hospital admissions and length of hospital stays. Rarer still is data on the effect of $6 billion in funding reductions for imaging diagnosis and treatment planning since 2006. The information that is available is not necessarily positive in terms of patient safety and access to care.

This is the first policy brief produced by the Neiman Institute, which conducts and supports research regarding medical imaging use, quality and safety metrics, and human resources as medicine moves toward non-traditional, value-based payment and delivery. The data gleaned from these efforts will serve as the basis for true, evidence-based medical imaging policy.

"We need to take a hard look at the cost, access and quality and safety issues related to present government and private insurer medical imaging policies and find ways to maximize the value, role and efficiency of radiology as health care systems evolve. The Neiman Institute will provide much needed information to ensure that future imaging policies benefit patients and make efficient, effective use of health care resources," said Duszak.


'/>"/>
Contact: Shawn Farley
PR@acr.org
703-648-8936
American College of Radiology
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Declining testosterone levels in men not part of normal aging, study finds
2. U.S. Liver Transplants Declining
3. Debt and income concerns deter medical students from primary care careers
4. Elsevier congratulates its British Medical Association award winning medical authors and editors
5. 2 books by Loyola neurologist Highly Commended by British Medical Association
6. UGA chemistry discovery could have major medical implications
7. MBL and Stanford scientists receive 2012 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
8. An open platform revolutionizes biomedical-image processing
9. Study explores medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements across states
10. What are the social implications of medical screening?
11. Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation: Medical students will make a difference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ProIntro Glitch is a ... X. Pixel Film Studios’ titles allow users to add a terrifying opener to any ... as boxes, lines and accents. To add greater contrast, all the user has to ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... In April, Amerec launched ... latest technologies to help find the best steam and sauna solutions. , First, the ... responsive design. This improvement brings all of the site’s features, especially the Steam ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 03, 2016 , ... Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & ... of human possibility in her keynote address at Georgia State University’s spring commencement ... on her rich experience as a scientist, physician and executive, Desmond-Hellmann leads the Gates ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... ... For over 23 years, Doctors on Liens has committed to ... and therapists treating personal injury patients on a lien basis. With the recent addition ... in Santa Monica, Doctors on Liens is continuing that tradition. While the network ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... ... Calvary Hospital recently hosted a reception to mark a new music program ... Mary, Manning Walsh Home (MMW) in Manhattan. , During the school year, a ... once a week. The music brings a lot of joy to the patients, family ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... May 4, 2016 ... the  "Global Acute lymphocytic Leukemia Market and ... their offering.       (Logo: ... Lymphocytic Leukemia Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights ... Leukemia pipeline products, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia epidemiology, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016  As a teenager, an active ... fever, which damaged his heart. He continued enjoying sports ... June 2013, Shepherd,s heart was giving out and he ... June 20, 2013, the Mesa, Arizona ... (TAH-t). Like a heart transplant, the SynCardia TAH-t is ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016   Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is celebrating ... video of two patients who tell their personal story and encourage those at risk to ... Meet Jacque: Hepatitis C ... ... Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy (PRNewsFoto/Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: