Citing 'enormous' cost difference, Anthem says no to imaging tests at hospitals

Frustrated over the “enormous” price variations among medical providers, Anthem Inc. has said it is no longer allowing patients to receive certain outpatient imaging at hospital-owned facilities.

“We’re seeing differences of like 500 percent,” said Dr. Jay Moore, senior clinical director of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri.

“It just doesn’t make sense. It’s ridiculous in terms of the amount of cost differential.”

Anthem is pushing patients toward independent facilities when they need high-tech imaging tests such as MRI, CT and PET scans. The policy went into effect July 1. Read more.