Diagnostic Imaging Covers Hospital Acquisition in the Radiology Industry

Sep 24, 2012, 09:25 ET from UBM Medica US

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US today announced that Diagnostic Imaging, a leading online publication for news and commentary of the medical imaging market, covered this month the growing trend of hospital acquisition in the radiology industry.

According to Diagnostic Imaging's recent survey of radiologists about the changes to practice structure, 70 percent reported they were "very" or "a little" worried about facing a hospital acquisition. Experts agreed that more independent imaging centers are feeling pressure to merge or become hospital-owned entities.

Diagnostic Imaging reported several factors behind this trend, according to experts, including:

  • With an increased focus on risk-sharing and bundled payment options, hospitals tend to have greater reimbursement negotiating power than independent imaging centers.
  • Acquisition of small practices and independent centers may facilitate the integration of electronic medical records systems.

Experts also provided advice to practices facing acquisition to ensure a smooth transition, including:

  • Ensure all providers are included in acquisition discussions by creating a governance committee. 
  • Become an active participant in hospital strategy by pursuing directorship and committee positions.

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