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Figure 6: Potential Savings under Alternative Scenario for Self-Referring Providers, 2010 | by U.S. GAO
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Figure 6: Potential Savings under Alternative Scenario for Self-Referring Providers, 2010

This image is excerpted from a U.S. GAO report:

 

www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-966

 

MEDICARE: Higher Use of Advanced Imaging Services by Providers Who Self-Refer Costing Medicare Millions

 

Note: We included imaging expenditures for those specialties that had at least 1,000 self-referring providers. Overall, specialties that met these criteria referred approximately 66 percent of self-referred MRI services and approximately 81 percent of self-referred CT services. Under the alternative scenario, we calculated expenditures for services as if self-referring providers referred MRI and CT services at the same rate as non-self-referring providers of the same specialty and practice size in 2010.

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Taken on November 2, 2012