The business of outpatient imaging centers in the past was unparalleled. There was nothing that can stop its growth and prosperity. But then the Deficit Reduction Act of 1995 changed all these. Imaging centers were badly affected by the cutting of Medicare payments. Patients were not that eager to have diagnostic imaging services that are charged to their own pockets. Many centers closed down as a result. But some outpatient imaging centers are holding on and making some steps to make sure that they can survive these tough times.
Radiology imaging centers are trying hard to float their business the best they can. Due to some diligent work they are not only surviving now but also thriving. Medical imaging centers are cutting costs and increasing avenues for their revenues to go up. Every penny of profits is maximized.
Overhead expenses are cut to the minimum by training their staff to do multiple functions. This enabled them to cut some jobs that can be performed by a single person. Although there are lesser people manning the center, due to training and overhauling operational processes, service quality is not affected. In fact it is even improved.
Some centers are buying pre owned diagnostic equipment instead of brand new units. This can give huge savings. The excess funds are then redirected to other needs or used to further improve the center’s health care services. Upgrades and purchases are studied well to make sure that cost benefit ratio is sound enough for it to be pursued.
Online advertising is aggressively pursued by some imaging centers. They make their own web sites and list down their business at imaging-centers.com, an online directory for all imaging centers in the country and the world.
Although the challenge is great for outpatient imaging centers and the odds are currently against them, they are gaining grounds in making their operations more efficient, better than it had ever been before. This provides them an edge when imaging services will again be in demand.