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Using sonography to examine adult patients at an academic medical center: have usage patterns changed with the expansion of managed care?

Authors
  • Liebeskind, Marc E
  • Arger, Peter H
  • Liebeskind, Amy
  • Maston, Keith
  • Langlotz, Curtis
Type
Published Article
Journal
AJR. American journal of roentgenology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2002
Volume
179
Issue
6
Pages
1395–1399
Identifiers
PMID: 12438022
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Sonographic utilization decreased during a 5-year period in which managed care provided an increasingly large proportion of overall reimbursement. Cost did not appear to be a major factor in selection of diagnostic tests. Differences over time in refering clinicians' perception of the relative usefulness of sonography, CT, and MR imaging may have contributed to the change in usage patterns.

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