inations. Purpose: Prior work has demonstrated marked growth in Conclusion: Referring specialty abdominal imaging the volume of abdominal imaging performed by radiol- ordering patterns are varied but distinct. Awareness of ogists. However, decisions to pursue imaging are largely these patterns may facilitate focused educational and driven by referring providers. In this study, we take the policy initiatives to improve abdominal imaging appro- novel approach of investigating abdominal imaging priateness and utilization. utilization patterns by referring provider specialty. Methods: Data on imaging services were obtained from Key words: Abdominal imaging—Referring the 2014 DocGraph Medicare Referring Provider provider—Physician Utilization for Procedures (MrPUP) public use file. specialties—Medicare—Utilization—Health policy MrPUP contains aggregated transaction data for com- binations of unique referring provider and service code. Imaging services were classified by modality and body region using the Neiman Institute Types of Service Dramatic increases in utilization in abdominal imaging have occurred in recent decades, associated with shifts in (NITOS). Each referring provider’s specialty was deter- the most commonly imaged examination types . This mined using Medicare Physician Compare. Abdominal growth creates a patient, provider, and policy maker imaging ordering patterns were summarized by referring imperative to ensure that such utilization remains specialty. appropriate. For example,
Abdominal Radiology – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 30, 2017
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