Radiology Managers Don't Expect Adequate Reimbursement

December 10, 2014

Radiology managers are still skeptical about receiving adequate reimbursement from Medicare.

Confidence is still low among radiology managers and imaging directors that their facilities will receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging.

The latest Medical Imaging Confidence Index (MICI) evaluated 133 imaging directors/managers of hospitals on their outlooks of medical imaging trends for the fourth quarter of 2014. The issue with the least confidence, reimbursement, was consistently the biggest concern amoung radiology managers in 2014. In fact, this time last year, reimbursement was still a hot button.

Managers had similar fourth quarter outlooks as they did third quarter: neutral opinions about growth, high confidence that operating and staff costs will remain the same, low confidence in access to capital for imaging equipment and IT, and high confidence in maintaining/growing as a profit center.

Here are the full results for the fourth quarter of 2014:

TopicScore MeanInterpretation
Will grow monthly in diagnostic and interventional radiology108Neutral
Receive adequate reimbursement from Medicare for diagnostic and interventional imaging64Very low confidence
Internal operating and staff costs will remain constant134Very high confidence
Will have access to capital for imaging equipment and IT needs80Low confidence
Will maintain/grow as a profit center122High confidence
Composite score across all areas100Neutral

 

What do you think?

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.

For more on the MICI, check out the FAQ here.

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