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Two Dartmouth Studies Report Unnecessary Testing
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Two reports issued last week by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice raise new questions about whether physicians order far too many tests, and whether some tests might be motivated more by economic rather than diagnostic or therapeutic reasons, whether subconsciously or not.The first report, published in the Online First edition of Archives of Internal Medicine, points to a wide regional variation in the rate by which Medicare beneficiaries receive certain repeat tests, often with far more frequency than existing guidelines suggest they should be conducted.