High-tech imaging (scanning) procedures are one of the most rapidly rising medical
expenses. The following high-tech scans are not only causing premiums to increase;
most are exposing patients to higher doses of radiation.*
Arkansas Blue Cross has implemented a program that requires physicians to obtain
an authorization when ordering outpatient high-tech imaging procedures for their
patients. Physicians are not required to obtain an authorization when these
services are performed in an emergency room, observation bed stay or for patients
who are hospitalized.
The approval process generally is fast and efficient but, as with any new program,
there have been minor glitches. Arkansas Blue Cross is working to simplify the process
Contact the Local Office
in your area.
*For more information, download Blue & You Winter 2005 (PDF), and read pages 16-18.
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