November 19, 2012

GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD:

Repeat testing common among Medicare patients (Genevra Pittman, November 19, 2012, Reuters Health) 

In a new study, up to half - or more - of older adults on Medicare who had a heart, lung, stomach or bladder test had the same procedure repeated within three years.

Those tests typically aren't supposed to be routinely repeated, researchers said. For some of them, such as echocardiography and stress tests for heart function, there are recommendations specifically against routine testing.

"What we were struck by is just how commonly these tests are being repeated," said Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, lead author of the report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Posted by at November 19, 2012 6:23 PM
  
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