Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Patterns and Determinants of Inappropriate Diagnostic Imaging

Gary Young, Northeastern University

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January 01, 2017
December 31, 2018
$49,190

Using multiple data sources from Massachusetts, this study will describe the magnitude and costs of inappropriate diagnostic imaging; estimate how patient, physician and practice characteristics influence this imaging; examine the relationship between physician self-referrals and inappropriate imaging; and investigate the impact of Massachusetts’s cost containment initiatives on imaging frequency. Study results will provide valuable information to policymakers for improving the appropriateness of imaging procedures.