If Monty Hall was offering to make you a deal on health care, your best option might be to avoid the door marked “hospital.”
Two new studies show how patients, employers and the federal government can save big bucks on health costs if people choose to get surgeries and other medical treatment at independent outpatient locations, as opposed to hospitals or hospital-operated centers.
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DANBURY — Physicians with Brewster, N.Y.-based Northeast Radiology are hoping to provide some of the latest equipment to their clients through a merger with Housatonic Valley Radiological Associates.
Executives with the practices, which both have Danbury locations, said changes in the health care system and a shared culture of patient care prompted the merger. As part of the effort, the organization will be investing millions of dollars in new equipment for their facilities both here and in New Milford.
“We will be making major investments to upgrade MRI, CT scan, 3D mammography, and ultrasound in the imaging centers,” Dr. Howard Lee, the president of Northeast Radiology, said in a recent statement. “We also will be upgrading the IT infrastructure and facilities to improve the patient experience and to enhance ease of access and service for our patients and referring physicians.”
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‘Multi-million dollar investment’ planned for both locations
BY MICHAEL C. JULIANO REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Northeast Radiology, a Brewster, N.Y.-based provider of medical imaging, has acquired the Danbury and New Milford offices of Housatonic Valley Radiological Associates, or HVRA, which operates a third imaging centers in Southbury.
Northeast Radiology said today in a news release that the merger became effective today, and that both companies will now operate under the Northeast Radiology name.
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Northeast Radiology and Housatonic Valley Radiological Associates (HVRA) are proud to announce that they will be merging operations effective August 3, 2015. The companies will continue operating under the Northeast Radiology name.
The integration of the practices will take advantage of the strengths of both organizations and will significantly improve access to high quality, affordable imaging services for patients in the greater Danbury and New Milford communities. “As part of our commitment to our patients, referring physicians, and the community, we will be making a multi-million dollar investment in our Danbury and New Milford imaging centers” said Dr. Howard Lee, MD, President of Northeast Radiology. He continued: “We will be making major investments to upgrade MRI, CT scan, 3D mammography, and ultrasound in the imaging centers. We also will be upgrading the IT infrastructure and facilities to improve the patient experience and to enhance ease of access and service for our patients and referring physicians.”
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality for both men and women in the US. Lung cancers are typically found at advanced stages, when treatment options are limited and as a result, mortality rates are high. Early detection is key with lung cancer, and recent studies have found a significant survival benefit to patients who have low dose CT scans to identify lung cancer at its earliest stages.
New Medicare guidelines will provide coverage to high-risk seniors for low dose CT screening studies, beginning in 2015. Many private insurers will also be covering the screening test for individuals who are at high-risk.