Medical Imaging Services: Utilization, Spending, and Appropriateness
November 13, 2008
Laura A. Dummit
Technological advances in imaging have opened a range of diagnostic and treatment opportunities that are nothing less than transformative. At the same time, many believe that the rapid and relentless growth in spending on imaging services is not completely warranted and must be slowed. Recent history of medical imaging highlights the role of financial incentives in boosting utilization, the difficulty in determining appropriate utilization, the lack of coordination across health care providers, and patients’ and providers’ desire for definitive answers with respect to health care. This meeting focused on efforts by Medicare to slow spending on imaging, private payer initiatives to ensure appropriate use of imaging services, and the views of a radiologist and a cardiologist on the impact of public and private efforts.
Bruce Steinwald, Director, Health Care, Government Accountability Office; Lewis G. Sandy, MD, Senior Vice President for Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth Group; Geraldine McGinty, MD, Practicing Radiologist, American College of Radiology; Janet Wright, MD, Vice President, Science and Quality, American College of Cardiology