Members of the Department of Radiology and Imaging are musculoskeletal-fellowship-trained, board certified radiologists specializing in the interpretation of radiological tests and diagnosis of disease. The bill from HSS Radiologists is for the personal professional consultative services of the individual radiologist.
The separate, Hospital bill is for technical charges to cover the costs of the equipment, supplies, and services performed by the radiology technicians and other Hospital personnel in regard to the radiological tests performed.
What your bills for radiology services represent:
Charges cover radiologist consultations on one more of the following:
- Conventional X-ray
- Interventional procedures
- Services by radiology technicians other Hospital personnel
- Medical supplies
- Use of facilities
Questions regarding your bill
For questions regarding the HSS Radiologists bill call 866.689.8865
For questions regarding the Hospital bill call:
Last name starting with A - L: 212.606.1388
Last name starting with M - Z: 212.606.1034
Outpatient Services: 212.606.1772
If you have insurance coverage from Medicare, Medical Assistance, a participating managed care carrier or a commercial healthcare insurer, and you have provided complete financial information to the Hospital at the time you received services, we will submit a claim to your carrier on your behalf.
All imaging studies performed at HSS are interpreted by a musculoskeletal-fellowship-trained, board certified radiologists with subspecialty experience in the manifestations of orthopedic and rheumatic conditions. Board certification in radiology requires years of training beyond medical school, internship, residency, fellowship, as well as the satisfaction of both written and oral examinations. Certification by the American Board of Radiology assures quality care, expertise in quality image acquisition and safe use of ionizing radiation and magnetic resonance.
Official interpretation by an experienced radiologist enables subtle X-ray findings (for example, infections, systematic diseases, tumors, fracture, etc.) to be detected early, before an abnormality has progressed to where it is more obvious and easier to recognize from the imaging. A delay in getting an accurate diagnosis can considerably, negatively affect treatment and, ultimately, patient outcomes. It also adds to patient discomfort, inconvenience and increased medical costs. This is why early, expert interpretation of imaging by an experienced radiologist is key.
Quality of care is top priority at HSS. In order to assure quality of care and patient protection, HSS follows The Joint Commission (TJC) in requiring an official interpretation and an authenticated report by a radiologist for all imaging procedures and examinations performed in an accredited hospital. HSS is an accredited hospital and official interpretations of imaging studies are conducted by board certified radiologists with subspecialty training. Images generated and acquired by HSS, and the reports on their interpretation, are maintained in the Hospital medical records.
The Board of Trustees, the HSS administration, and the physicians of HSS are dedicated to delivering excellent quality patient care but are also concerned with escalating medical costs. Keeping costs down while assuring that cost-containing restrictions do not jeopardize a person's health, well-being or access to quality care is the responsibility of every physician. The radiologists and the staff of the Department of Radiology and Imaging take pride in reviewing orders for imaging examinations so as to eliminate unnecessary examinations and to prevent redundancy.