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Imaging Managers More Optimistic About Growth

Imaging Managers More Optimistic About Growth

Medical imaging managers still don’t expect reimbursement rates to improve, but they were a bit more optimistic about the growth of study volumes.

In the latest installment of the Medical Imaging Confidence Index, co-developed by The MarkeTech Group LLC and AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management, medical imaging managers reported a slight uptick in their confidence — from “neutral” in 2011 to “high confidence” — about growing radiology study volumes.

The index reveals results from an online survey of 160 managers of radiology departments to assess their confidence in market conditions. The latest installment covers the first half of 2012.

There was also a slight rise in expectations that they will have access to capital for imaging equipment and IT needs in the first half of 2012, compared with the last quarter of 2011. And confidence was still very low when it comes to receiving adequate reimbursement from Medicare.

Here are the results for January to June 2012:

TopicScore
Mean
Interpretation
Will grow monthly volume in diagnostic and interventional radiology112High confidence
Will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging63Very low confidence
Internal operating and staff costs will remain constant123High confidence
Will have access to capital for imaging equipment and IT needs99Neutral
Will maintain/grow as a profit center128High confidence
Composite score across all areas104Neutral

Click here to compare results from the first quarter, second quarterthird quarter, and fourth quarter of 2011.

How does it work? Check out the Medical Imaging Confidence Index FAQs.

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Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) was co-developed by AHRA:The Association for Medical Imaging Management and The MarkeTech Group, owner of the imagePRO panel, launched in 2008. MICI data rely on the feedback of a statistical cohort of respondents from the imagePRO panel that accurately represent the US market hospital market by bedsize and geographic areas.

    

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