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Studies question benefits of self-referral
Modern Healthcare

The practice of physician self-referral—when doctors who aren’t radiologists refer their patients to imaging facilities they own or lease—does not consistently benefit patients and often leads to unnecessarily higher costs, according to a set of studies appearing in the Dec. 7 issue of the journal Health Affairs. The studies, funded by a grant from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, looked at a variety of issues surrounding the supposed benefits of physician self-referral and reached several conclusions that challenge the supposed merits of the practice.