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Howard Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR
Organized radiology has been devoted to the self-referral issue for more than a decade. Early literature that documented increased physician referral rates for diagnostic imaging when there is a financial incentive led to the Stark laws in the 1990s. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and some medical specialties, however, have exploited
The CMS Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is again the center of attention for the medical community. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill passed in December 2007 averted the last SGR-mandated cut by funding a 0.5% update for six months. We are, however, once again at the precipice of unprecedented, and arguably untenable, physician