Low-value services snowball, adding to patients' bills
Certain screening tests may lead patients to schedule unneeded follow-ups with specialists, diagnostic tests and procedures.
By David Thomas|June 11, 2020 at 10:38 AM
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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that patients who receive certain kinds of testing may bew more likely to receive additional–and possibly unnecessary–health care services.
Per the JAMA study, low-risk patients who received either a chest radiograph, an electrocardiogram, or a Papanicolaou test within a certain period of time after their annual health exam were more likely to schedule follow-ups with specialists, diagnostic tests and procedures.
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