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Spending on Vascular Care Has Little Effect on Amputations
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A Dartmouth Atlas study has found similar trends in leg revascularizations as highlighted in a 2009 study of high healthcare costs in Miami and McAllen, TX. The current findings show that regions where doctors performed more expensive procedures incurring higher Medicare spending generally did not prevent more limb amputations than did doctors in regions where less was spent. In the 2009 study, “we studied costs of care in the last year of life for people who died,” explained Philip Goodney, MD, a vascular surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.