Health Insurers Limit Advanced Scans

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Insurance companies are taking a harder look at advanced medical scans like CT scans, citing spiraling costs and safety concerns.

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Andrew Whitman

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Mar 24, 2008
 
Linda Johnson's article shines a light on insurer company efforts to restrict patient access to life-saving medical imaging technologies. Patients should be skeptical of insurers' decisions to pre-authorize some screening as a means of reducing costs, especially if they view fewer medical images as a "success,” without concern for improved patient care.
Medical imaging is integral to many diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines, and it is short-sighted to ignore the data that demonstrates the value of medical imaging to health outcomes and savings. The American Cancer Society's endorsement of virtual colonoscopies as part colon cancer screen guidelines serves as a prime example.
Appropriateness criteria and accreditation are important for ensuring the most suitable and safe use of imaging for patients. While cost is also a necessary consideration in healthcare delivery, imaging continues to prove its worth through documented cost savings and improved patient outcomes. We recently saw this with Medicare’s decision to cover heart scans. When the data is fully evaluated, the value of this integral technology cannot be denied.
Andrew Whitman

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Linda Johnson's article shines a light on insurer company efforts to restrict patient access to life-saving medical imaging technologies. Patients should be skeptical of insurers' decisions to pre-authorize some screening as a means of reducing costs, especially if they view fewer medical images as a "success,” without concern for improved patient care.



Medical imaging is integral to many diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines, and it is short-sighted to ignore the data that demonstrates the value of medical imaging to health outcomes and savings. The American Cancer Society's endorsement of virtual colonoscopies as part colon cancer screen guidelines serves as a prime example.



Appropriateness criteria and accreditation are important for ensuring the most suitable and safe use of imaging for patients. While cost is also a necessary consideration in healthcare delivery, imaging continues to prove its worth through documented cost savings and improved patient outcomes. We recently saw this with Medicare’s decision to cover heart scans. When the data is fully evaluated, the value of this integral technology cannot be denied.

Andrew Whitman
Executive Director
Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA)

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