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Dear Imaging Leaders Insider,

The idea of basing the provision of healthcare on a consumer model is relatively new. But it's been gaining traction as healthcare reform continues to unfold and payment models change, shifting more costs to patients.

Consumers are starting to make healthcare decisions just as they make other purchasing decisions in their lives: by comparison shopping. And price can be a big factor.

A new online firm, Save On Medical, hopes to capitalize on this trend by allowing patients to shop for price and purchase radiology services online. Does this business model harm or help radiologists? Find out more by clicking here.

When you've finished our Insider Exclusive, check out the rest of the Imaging Leaders Digital Community:

  • Find out why the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services believes more studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of a radiopharmaceutical for brain beta-amyloid PET imaging.
  • Discover the specific actions radiologists can take to fight threats against the specialty.
  • Check out just how confident radiology administrators are that Medicare reimbursement for diagnostic and interventional radiology will be sufficient in the coming months.
  • Get the scoop on why doctors' knowledge of the costs of advanced imaging tests doesn't seem to influence inpatient imaging use.
  • Find out what Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz has to say about how the judicious use of imaging can and does improve care, as well as the changing nature of private-practice radiology.

As always, if you have a comment or report to share about any aspect of diagnostic imaging practice, management, administration, regulation, or financing, I invite you to contact me.

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