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Imaging Self-Referrals Don't Reduce Sick Days, Costs

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2010

"Restricting self-referral is not merely an economic issue for Medicare," they wrote. " Physicians' conflicts of interest strike at the heart of the integrity of the physician-patient relationship." They urged Congress to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries, "to the maximum extent possible, receive only medically necessary imaging studies, regardless of who owns or operates the equipment."

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Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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