Self-referral in private offices for imaging studies performed in Pennsylvania blue shield subscribers during 1991.
To define the frequency of physician self-referral for diagnostic imaging studies.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
High-volume radiographic (n=65) and ultrasound (US) (n=29) procedural codes in claims filed by Pennsylvania Blue Shield subscribers were analyzed to determine private-office (nonhospital) utilization of these examinations by radiologists and nonradiologists during 1991.
A total of 787,703 radiographic and 159,281 US claims were filed.
Nonradiologists self-referred 550,878 radiographic examinations (69.9%) and 99,931 US examinations (62.7%). Patterns of utilization varied considerably by anatomic category: The imaging studies with the highest rates of utilization by nonradiologists were skeletal radiography, vascular US, and obstetric and pelvic US.
Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Exploration, Homme, Exploration ultrason, Radiodiagnostic, Médecin, Radiologie, Indication, Etats Unis, Coût, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Exploration, Human, Sonography, Radiodiagnosis, Physician, Radiology, Indication, United States, Costs, North America, America
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Cote : 94-0081346
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 199406.