Posts tagged ‘affordable’

September 29, 2014

Do you like to save money? Medical costs and quality care…

Kitten by Michael Richardson via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) note derivWhen it comes to lowering medical costs – the power can be in your hands! (Would you believe it? Because it doesn’t always feel that way…). The old motto about the customer always being right (customer = patient = you) is true. Shopping around can have a profound effect on the market, both in terms of pricing and level of quality. But this only matters IF you know you have options…

 

Price transparency in medicine is a relatively new concept. With payment of physicians, hospitals and other health-care providers done by insurance, most of us have never known how much a particular office visit, lab test or procedure actually costs. Those times are changing.

 

In the journal Health Affairs, a study titled “Price Transparency For MRIs Increased Use Of Less Costly Providers And Triggered Provider Competition” caught our eyes. (And not just because it was in the New York Times, though it was.) This study showed that when the cost of an MRI was known, going to the less costly provider happened more often. Makes perfect sense to us!

 

Price transparency makes sense because:

 

Reason number one: Patients aren’t always aware they have a choice in where to go for medical tests including imaging. Costs can vary greatly – sometimes by a factor of ten. If you pay a percentage of the cost of the test, the less a test costs, the less you pay. Simple math.

 

Reason number two: The math isn’t always simple though if you can’t get the numbers. Getting accurate pricing information can be a challenge, particularly from hospitals and large health-care enterprises. Does the price include all charges? Sometimes impossible to tell until after the billing starts.

 

We believe getting accurate, complete pricing information on the tests you are about to undergo is your right.

 

Price transparency in medicine – the time has come.

 

 

(Image attribution: Kitten! by Michael Richardson via Flickr Copyright Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) note: derivative work)

 

 

Diagnostic Imaging Centers blogs on regularly about women’s health at www.mammographykc.com and general radiology at www.diagnosticimagingcenterskc.com. Visit our sites for more helpful information!

 

August 16, 2013

KC Business Journal Notes Our High Level of Care… and Affordable Level of Costs

When it comes to being experts, we are confident radiologists. We work hard, we work as a team, we learn and grow continuously, and we don’t treat knowledge like it’s a secret. We want you to be able to make the best possible health choices by arming you with the best possible information. This is why we are here – for you, for your health.

We are crazy about our patients, we are crazy about women’s health, we are crazy about radiology… and when a patient can’t get access to affordable care, that makes us the other kind of crazy.

Medical costs, insurance, the Affordable Care Act – these are all important things to talk about, and very difficult to discuss at times. This is why we generally focus on your health, with less emphasis on our clinics specifically. But we – Diagnostic Imaging Centers –  were recognized by the KC Business Journal because of our best practices. We strongly feel the need to impart a different kind of empowering information. Let’s talk:

1. You have a choice in where you go for medical imaging. When your doctor orders a medical imaging study.… You can say, “Stop. I want to look at my options. And I choose ___.”

2. Medical costs should not be shrouded in mystery. Call around. Some hospitals and clinics “can’t”/won’t give you a straight answer. But some will. (Take one guess what our policy is… hint: we share actual numbers.)

3. Quality is quantifiable. While bedside manner is hard to measure in numbers, there are important aspects of your health care that CAN be quantified, rated, ranked, accredited. For us, making sure we reach high standards of quality runs from our friendly call centers (no kidding – try us! 913-334-9989), to having a tech walk you through the steps of your procedure and not just pointing to an exit door at the end of your visit. We have radiologists available to speak with – and we are all accredited by the American College of Radiology. Surprise, that’s not a requirement for radiologists – that’s going the extra mile.

When we speak with pride about ourselves, we’re not just doing it to drum up business (full disclosure: we do work for a living). We believe in, and strive for, a higher standard.

How good are we? If you haven’t clicked the link to the Business Journal article, here’s a snippet:

“Prices for that [MRI of the brain stem without contrasting dye] procedure ranged from $1,619.64 at Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Kansas City to $3,909.76 at Olathe Medical Center. The lower-priced provider had a higher ACR accreditation than the higher-priced provider for this procedure.” 

We take this seriously and we take you seriously. You are invested in your health, and so are we. We hope to see you for your annual screenings… and not too soon for anything else!

Cheers to your best possible health, with the best care at the most affordable costs!