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Study notes loopholes in self-referral law
Modern Healthcare

More than 13% of physicians surveyed in 2008 as a part of newly released research from the Center for Studying Health System Change (PDF) reported that their practices owned or leased three or more types of on-site diagnostic equipment.

The prevalence of such arrangements suggests that loopholes in the federal law against physician self-referral—where doctors refer their patients for testing at facilities in which the physicians have an ownership interest—may be responsible for a significant amount of unnecessary imaging, laboratory and other diagnostic tests, according to the study’s authors.