The FIRST Forecast of What’s Coming: The Impact of Health Reform on Imaging Utilization

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Regents Health Resources announces the results of a national study aimed at predicting health care reform’s impact on imaging utilization.

Using hard data, [Regents Health Resources has] forecast the impact of the expected influx of new patients gaining access to high tech health care services when PPACA takes effect.

It’s not easy to predict the impact of Health Care Reform. As health care experiences dramatic change, one of the most widely applicable areas of the industry, Medical Imaging, continues to be under attack.

Medical imaging is often cited as a driver of increased spending on health care as diagnostic testing is used on a broad-range of patients from pediatrics to geriatrics.

In order to cut costs, insurance providers are insisting that the use of imaging must be curtailed while enlisting a host of creative means to limit exam ordering. Meanwhile, the imaging clinicians counter with the multitude of clinical insights new technology delivers that are critical to a proper and timely diagnosis. Cost is not the only issue. It is also a battle for patient access, and concerns from patient advocacy groups across the US.

Instead of waiting to see what happens under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), researchers, data analysts, and industry professionals at Regents Health Resources (Franklin, TN) dedicated themselves to find the answers.

The Tennessee-based specialty consulting firm completed a first-of-its-kind national study to evaluate the future of this multi-billion dollar conflict between PPACA, insurance companies, and the imaging industry.

Regents’ study provides a clearer picture of the future. Utilizing hard data, they have forecast the impact of the expected influx of new patients gaining access to high tech health care services when PPACA takes effect.

Key research results include:

  • Imaging use by state, zip code, age group, and modality
  • Uninsured population
  • Forecast additional spending on imaging services under Health Reform
  • And much more

About Regents -Founded in 1996, Regents is the leading national consulting firm supporting medical imaging and imaging business intelligence for hospitals, outpatient providers, cancer centers and physicians. Recognized as the ‘Standard in Medical Imaging Intelligence,’ Regents has helped over 500 clients nationally. Regents’ comprehensive suite of services including Strategic Planning, Assessments, Joint Venture Planning, and Sales & Acquisitions was the foundation for the development of “Mirror” and National Imaging Network. Regents’ team provides their clients the specialized expertise and leadership needed to develop action and implementation plans that positively influence business and patient outcomes.

About National Imaging Network – National Imaging Network, a division of Regents Health Resources, is focused on supporting medical imaging providers improve operational efficiency, utilization and long term sustainability. By providing access to real-time data analytics, NIN’s data connections enable advanced interactive displays and benchmarking for providers. NIN and its partners provide a forum for members to collaborate, share business intelligence and best practices nationally in order to strengthen and improve medical imaging.

Brian Baker, President of Regents Health Resources and National Imaging Network with more than 27 years in the imaging industry, is available for interviews and to provide a more in-depth look at what the study revealed.

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