Medicare reimbursement policies that provide higher payments to hospitals than provider-based office settings for noninvasive cardiac tests lead to increases in testing and extra costs, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Noninvasive cardiac tests, which include echocardiography and stress testing with or without imaging, have been identified as a target for reducing Medicare [fee-for-service] costs, as they are frequently performed and relatively expensive,” Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and colleagues wrote.
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