Danny R. Hughes

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PURPOSE To determine recent trends related to temporal as well as national and statewide geographic variation in the U.S. radiologist and radiology resident workforce. MATERIALS AND METHODS This retrospective HIPAA-compliant study was exempted from the internal review board. Federal Area Health Resources Files and Medicare 5% research identifiable files(More)
Self-referral for imaging services occurs when a physician sends patients to receive an imaging procedure from a device that the physician owns or leases. Advocates argue that this shortens the duration of illness and lowers costs. For twenty common combinations of medical conditions and types of imaging, we evaluated the association between self-referral,(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in diagnostic radiology resident and fellow workloads in recent years. METHODS Berenson-Eggers Type of Service categorization was applied to Medicare Part B Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary Master Files to identify total and resident-specific claims for radiologist imaging services between 1998 and(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to gauge the knowledge of radiology trainees regarding the costs of common imaging services and to assess their perceptions of current relevant education. SUBJECTS AND METHODS During mid-2014, an online survey of 5325 U.S. residents and fellows who were members of the American College of Radiology was conducted.(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate referring physicians' perceptions of multimedia-enhanced radiology reporting (MERR) as an alternative to traditional text-only radiology reporting. MERR supplements text-only reports by embedding user-friendly interactive hyperlinks to key images and graphically plotting target lesion size longitudinally over(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to examine longitudinal trends in screening mammography utilization and the presence of any changes in utilization associated with the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guideline change. METHODS We use 2005 through 2012 Medicare fee-for-service claims data for a 5% sample of randomly selected beneficiaries. The primary(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing the productivity and efficiency of physician practices could help relieve the rapid growth of US healthcare costs and the expected physician shortage. Radiology practices are an attractive specific focus for research on practices' productivity and efficiency because they are home to many purportedly productivity-enhancing operational(More)
PURPOSE To assess changing utilization patterns of abdominal imaging in the Medicare fee-for-service population over the past two decades. METHODS Medicare Physician Supplier Procedure Summary master files from 1994 through 2012 were used to study changes in the frequency and utilization rates (per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries per year) of abdominal CT,(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article was to study regional variation in Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) payments for medical imaging to radiologists compared with nonradiologists. MATERIALS AND METHODS Using a 5% random sample of all Medicare enrollees, which covered approximately 2.5 million Part B beneficiaries in 2011, total professional-only,(More)
BACKGROUND As the cost of both chronic care and diagnostic imaging continue to rise, it is important to consider methods of cost containment in these areas. Therefore, it seems important to study the relationship between self-referral for imaging and the cost of care of chronic illnesses. Previous studies, mostly of acute illnesses, have found self-referral(More)