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Medicare Pays Non-Radiologists More than Radiologists for MRI, CT
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Imaging has become a frequent target of cost-containment efforts, and is frequently singled out as a significant contributor to rising healthcare costs. But, at least in terms of Medicare payments, most of the money spend on noninvasive imaging isn’t going to radiologists.

In fact, the opposite is true. Medicare payments for non-invasive diagnostic imaging (NDI), including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans, are now higher to non-radiologists than to radiologists, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.