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Repeat testing common with Medicare patients: study
Modern Healthcare

Doctors frequently repeat diagnostic tests on Medicare beneficiaries, and the tests are hindering their ability to care for new patients and raising healthcare costs, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study, which was led by Dr. Gilbert Welch, a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research, analyzed testing patterns for a random sample of 5% of Medicare patients, and also looked at the proportion of repeated tests in the 50 largest metropolitan areas.