9 Ancillary Services That Can Boost Practice Revenue

Leigh Page

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August 07, 2014

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Is It Really Worth the Money?

Whereas orthopedic surgeons can generate more than $300,000 in revenue from radiography, PCPs can expect much less -- perhaps no more than $20,000 per year, according to practice consultants.

"Radiography wouldn't be one of my top picks, because there aren't enough patients," Grant said. "When patients break bones, you'd probably send them to orthopedists anyway."

Meanwhile, the American College of Radiology asserts that nonradiologists should not be providing imaging services, because their training is not as intensive as a radiologist's. Malpractice insurers take the middle ground. The Texas Medical Liability Trust, for example, states that although nonradiologists may provide an initial reading, radiograph overreads should "preferably" be done by a radiologist "on a regular basis."[8]

Radiography Scorecard

Start-up costs: $12,000-$75,000, to buy a radiography machine and rebuild walls where it will be in operation.

Potential income: Can exceed $300,000 a year for orthopedic surgeons, but PCPs' income may be more like $20,000.

Pros: Providing radiography can open a whole new source of income. Patients are pleased to get preliminary readings immediately.

Cons: You'll need to generate a high volume of scans to justify the high costs and oversight. You may need to dedicate additional space for equipment.

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