Researchers have identified that medicare payments for non-invasive medical imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans are higher to non-radiologists than to radiologists, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (www.jacr.org). "Radiologists have always been considered the physicians who "control" non-invasive diagnostic imaging (NDI) and are primarily responsible for its growth. Yet non-radiologists have become increasingly aggressive in their performance and interpretation of imaging," said David C. Levin, MD, lead author of the study. Researchers looked at Medicare Part B files covering all fee-for-service physician payments for 1998 to 2008. They selected all codes for discretionary NDI. "We found that the growth in fee-for-service payments to non-radiologists for NDI was considerably more rapid than the growth for radiologists between 1998 and 2006," said Levin. In 1998, overall Part B payments to radiologists for discretionary NDI were $2.563 billion, compared with $2.020 billion to non-radiologists. In 2008, non-radiologists received $4.807 billion for discretionary NDI, and radiologists received $4.648 billion. "Our data reveal the somewhat surprising finding that non-radiologist physicians are now paid more for NDI by Medicare than radiologists. This has come about because of more rapid growth in fee-for-service payments to non-radiologists between 1998 and 2006, followed by steeper losses among radiologists after implementation of the DRA in 2007," he said. "Because most imaging by non-radiologists is self-referred, whereas radiologists generally do not have the opportunity to self-refer, this should be of interest and concern to policy makers and payers," said Levin. Source: Eurekalert << Contraceptive Failure Proves A Huge Drain On British Heal... Much Faster Brain Scanning Now >> Recommended Reading Magnetic Resonance Imaging Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general info about Magnetic Resonance Imaging READ MORE Ultrasound Ultrasound scan or sonogram uses sound waves to obtain images of the internal organs. Ultrasound scan is used during pregnancy and to examine breast, abdomen, renal and thyroid. READ MORE Teenage Self-Harm Identified and Treated By Radiologists Using ultrasound and a minimally-invasive procedure, radiologists can identify and treat patients who engage in a disturbing self-injury behavior known as self-embedding, READ MORE Study Suggests Staggered Radiologist Work Shifts Improve Patient Care Study says implementation of staggered radiologist work shifts can expedite the communication of urgent findings and improve patient care READ MORE What is Medicare / Medicaid? Medicaid / Medicare are different governmental programs that provide medical and health-related services to specific groups of people in U.S. and managed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Sanatogen Drug - Food Interactions Accident and Trauma Care More News on: What is Medicare / Medicaid?