23 Health Policy Experts Recommend Competitive Bidding for Imaging
Among the 11 ideas for bending the cost curve in health care offered in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine are several that directly concern medical imaging providers -- most notably the proposal to institute competitive bidding for all “commodities” and create price transparency for consumers. While many radiologists will take issue with the idea of imaging services being perceived as a commodity, the number of notable names among the authors signing on to this idea may give pause. The authors include:
- bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.
- former CMS administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., M.P.P.,
- economist Michael Chernew, Ph.D.
- former Senate majority leader Senator Tom Daschle, (D-SD)
- economist Peter R. Orszag, Ph.D., of the IOM