1/3 of Imaging costs defensive, study says

April 2011
Healthcare Risk Management;Apr2011, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p46
The article discusses a study by John Flynn, associate chief of orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which indicated that one-third of the imaging costs ordered for orthopedic patient encounters in Pennsylvania are of defensive nature; the results were presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).


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