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Coalition for Ethical Imaging Advocates Diagnostic Imaging Reform in the 82nd Texas Legislature
Date:2/28/2011

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Ethical Imaging (CEI), a grassroots coalition with the goal of improving diagnostic imaging practices in Texas, is supporting House Bill 1809, sponsored by Representative Senfronia Thompson. The bill includes several initiatives that will help rein in healthcare costs in the state while ensuring patient safety.

CEI's membership includes radiologists and other medical professionals, members of the business community interested in abating escalating healthcare costs, and other interested Texans. The Coalition consists of 23,000 Texans and more than 120,000 Texas businesses, including the Texas Association of Business, Texas Association of Health Plans, Texas Radiological Society, Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Texas Chapter of the Radiology Business Managers Association.

The Coalition supports legislation in the 82nd Texas Legislature that will ensure that specific diagnostic imaging services in the state are safe, appropriately prescribed and performed, and cost effective. The group focuses its efforts on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET). CEI's scope does not include X-rays, ultrasound or mammography.

An Interim Report released in December by the House Committee on Public Health supports many of the Coalition's recommendations regarding advanced diagnostic imaging in the state. The Interim Committee was charged with identifying factors influencing healthcare cost trends in Texas, which included investigating medical imaging utilization and its impact on the cost and quality of healthcare.

The Interim Committee report found that "increased utilization of imaging equipment has played a major role in the increase of healthcare expenses, especially when imaging equipment owners have been found to over-utilize their own equipment."

Key issues of concern to the Coalition that will be includ
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