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Utilization

October 18, 2016

Mammography Procedures for Medicare Part B Population in 2014

Total mammography procedures for the Medicare Part B population decreased from 2013 to 2014. View Infographic

Medicare Utilization of CT Angiography from 2001 through 2014: Continued Growth by Radiologists

This paper examines changes in utilization of computed tomography (CT) angiography nationally and changing relative specialty roles in examination interpretation. Full Article

Prabhakar, A.M., Misono A.S., Hemingway, J., Hughes, D.R., Duszak Jr, R. 2016. "Medicare Utilization of CT Angiography from 2001 through 2014: Continued Growth by Radiologists," Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 27(10): 1554 - 1560.

Use of Health Information Exchange and Repeat Imaging Costs

The aim of this study was to quantify the association between health information exchange use and cost savings attributable to repeat imaging. Full Article

Hye-Young , J., Vest, JR., Unruh, MA., Kern, LM., and Kaushal, R. 2015. "Use of Health Information Exchange and Repeat Imaging Costs," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 12(12): 1364 - 1370.

Diagnostic Imaging Services in Magnet and Non-Magnet Hospitals: Trends in Utilization and Costs

The purpose of this study was to better understand trends in utilization and costs of diagnostic imaging services at Magnet hospitals and non-Magnet hospitals. Full Article

Jayawardhana, J., and Welton, J.M. 2015. "Diagnostic Imaging Services in Magnet and Non-Magnet Hospitals: Trends in Utilization and Costs," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 12(12): 1357 - 1363.

Image Sharing Technologies and Reduction of Imaging Utilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

This study aimed to summarize the impact of image sharing technologies on patient imaging utilization. Full Article

Vest, JR., Hye-Young, J., Ostrovsky, A., Das, L.T., and McGinty, G.B.. 2015. "Image Sharing Technologies and Reduction of Imaging Utilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 12(12): 1371 - 1379.

Changing Utilization Patterns of Cervical Spine Imaging in the Emergency Department: Perspectives From Two Decades of National Medicare Claims

The aim of this study was to assess the changing use of emergency department (ED) cervical spine imaging in the Medicare population. Full Article

Gabriel G., Harkey, P., Hemingway, J., Hughes, D.R., and Duszak Jr, R. 2016. "Changing Utilization Patterns of Cervical Spine Imaging in the Emergency Department: Perspectives From Two Decades of National Medicare Claims," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 13(6): 644 - 648.

Facet Injection Trends in the Medicare Population and the Impact of Bundling Codes

The aim of this study was to evaluate if the CPT code changes correlated with a decreased utilization of facet injections. Full Article

Beckworth, J.W., Jiang M., Hemingway, J., Hughes, D.R., Staggs, D. 2016. "Facet Injection Trends in the Medicare Population and the Impact of Bundling Codes," The Spine Journal, 16(9): 1037 - 1041.

Changing Abdominal Imaging Utilization Patterns: Perspectives from Medicare Beneficiaries Over Two Decades

This study assess changing utilization patterns of abdominal imaging in the Medicare fee-for-service population over the past two decades. Full Article

Moreno, C.C., Hemingway, J., Johnson, A.C., Hughes, D.R., Mittal, P.K., and Duszak Jr., R. 2016. "Changing Abdominal Imaging Utilization Patterns: Perspectives from Medicare Beneficiaries Over Two Decades," Journal of American College of Radiology, 13(8): 894 - 903.

Secondary Interpretation of Computed Tomography Examinations: Frequency and Payment in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Population

This study evaluated historic trends in submitted claims and payments for secondary interpretation services in the Medicare fee-for-service population. Secondary interpretation of diagnostic imaging examinations (providing a second formal interpretation for imaging performed at another institution) may reduce repeat imaging after transfer of care. Full Article

Lu, M., Hallett, T.R., Hemingway, J., Hughes, D.R., Hoffmann, U., and Duszak, R. 2016. "Secondary Interpretation of Computed Tomography Examinations: Frequency and Payment in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Population," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 13(9): 1096 - 1101.

Medicare Policy Initiatives and the Relative Utilization of “Double-Scan” CT

This study examines trends in the relative utilization of double-scan CT before and after 2006 legislation mandating relevant Medicare reporting initiatives. Full Article

Flug, J.A., Hemingway, J., Hughes, D.R., Silva, E., and Duszak Jr, R. 2016. "Medicare Policy Initiatives and the Relative Utilization of “Double-Scan” CT," Journal of the American College of Radiology, 13(2): 137 - 143.