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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few questions we commonly receive from patients and doctors about Advanced Patient Imaging. Click on the questions below to expand answers.

Do I Need An Order From My Doctor?


Yes, Ohio Law Requires A Script For Medical Imaging

You will need a script from your doctor before you can have a MRI or Ultrasound (the only exception is for a Vascular Screening).  Please bring a written script from your doctor on the day of your scheduled procedure.

Do You Take Insurance?


We Only Accept Anthem BCBS For MRI Services

Advanced Patient Imaging accepts Anthem BCBS but does not accept or participate in Medicare, Medicaid or any other private insurance programs. This is the only reason we can charge what we want instead of what insurance companies require (click here to read more)

For Anthem BCBS patients, the amount you pay will be applied to your in-network deductible and we will file your claim at the time of service.  For all other patients, the amount you pay may be applied toward your deductible based on the terms of your insurance plan but it will be your responsibility to file a claim and follow up with your insurance provider to determine your status once the claim is submitted.

Why Is Anthem BCBS The Only Insurance You Accept?


Common Goals, Great Results

Starting September 2017, Anthem BSBS began encouraging their members and physician providers to have MRI studies done at free-standing MRI centers rather than at hospital outpatient departments, in an effort to reduce the cost of MRI services.

As Anthem’s new effort seemed to coincide with our business model of delivering high quality MRIs at the lowest price in Ohio, we decided it was time to become a Certified Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield Provider to help support their cost saving efforts by making our MRI services available to all their members.

We are now the lowest priced approved participating MRI service provider in the Anthem BCBS Ohio Network. If you have Anthem, be sure YOU request API to your doctor or scheduler to receive the guaranteed lowest price for your MRI.

If I Have Anthem BCBS, How Do I Use API?


Be Sure To Request API To Your Doctor or Scheduler

We are now the lowest priced approved participating MRI service provider in the Anthem BCBS Ohio Network. If you have Anthem, be sure YOU request API to your doctor or scheduler to receive the guaranteed lowest price for your MRI.

Why Is Payment Due At The Time Of Service?


Insurance Companies Can Inflate The Cost Of Health Care

With the exception of Anthem BCBS, we do not accept payments directly from any other insurance company.  If we did it would dramatically increase our overhead costs and make it impossible to keep our prices the lowest in Cincinnati while passing those savings on to you. This is due to the fact that medical providers contract with insurance companies for "negotiated rates" that they must accept and charge their patients.  Our prices are lower than any negotiated rates offered in the market place (click here to read more).

Payment is due at the time of service.  We accept major credit cards and debit cards as the method of payment. 

Why Should I Pay Upfront If I Have Insurance?


Insurance Is Not Prepaid Healthcare

Guess who pays the bill if you haven’t reached your deductible? That’s right…YOU DO. It’s a fact that most people never reach their annual deductible, which means you end up paying for all of your health care throughout the year.

If you have not met your deductible for the year or have a co-insurance, then all or part of the charges for your imaging exam will be your responsibility, which could cost you hundreds or thousands out-of-pocket.   

For example, if you have an individual plan with a deductible of $4,000 and you receive a medical bill in the amount of $1,200 for an MRI, the insurance company will not pay anything until you reach your deductible. Therefore, you will pay the entire amount out-of-pocket.  Would you rather pay $1,200 for an MRI or would you rather pay $395 for an MRI?  In other words, would you like to keep $805 in your pocket or give it to a hospital? 

Why Are Your Prices So Low?


Our Business Model

Advanced Patient Imaging developed our business model centered on low fixed costs.  We do not have excessive operating or overhead costs like most large hospitals or outpatient diagnostic centers. This allows us to offer individuals who may have no insurance, high deductible or co-insurance plans an affordable medical imaging option without sacrificing quality of service. Bottom Line: We pass the savings on to you instead of maximizing our profits. Amazing right?  Yeah, we think so too! 

Do I Still Receive Quality Of Service With Your Low Prices?


Higher Cost Does Not Equal Higher Quality or Better Outcomes

We utilize the same technology offered in the majority of hospitals and imaging centers throughout the country. We use a 1.5T G.E. MRI scanner that is considered the gold standard for an MRI in a clinical setting. Advanced Patient Imaging is committed to providing our patients with the best service at the best price.  We employ a friendly, professional, caring staff with years of experience and specialty training.  Our radiologists are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Do You Charge Any Additional Fees?


One Flat Fee, All Inclusive

At Advanced Patient Imaging, you always know the total cost prior to your exam.  Hospitals and many imaging facilities typically have two separate fees for imaging services.  One fee is for the facility and another fee is for the radiologist who interprets your exam.  Most facilities do not disclose the total cost prior to your exam and have additional hidden fees added on to the final bill.  We provide true price transparency with our all inclusive pricing. We have no additional charges or hidden fees.

Why Do You Offer This Service At These Prices?


For You

Advanced Patient Imaging is leading the way in delivering an affordable solution to medical imaging in the overpriced marketplace.  We have designed our business model around YOU.

We Look Forward To Serving You. 

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