Monterey, CA Hospital Physicians Ordering Unneeded Tests For Medicare Patients, Study Saysby Richard Kuehn on 03/19/17
A study which was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that physicians working in hospitals (known as “hospitalists”) spending a lot of money on expensive tests should rein these in. It found that U.S. Medicare patients whose doctors spent more on tests, scans and consultations were as likely to die within a month of leaving the hospitals as patients which had fewer tests. Patients of high-spending doctors were also as likely to return to the hospital within a month, researchers found. The study showed a wide variance in spending amongst hospitalists who worked in the same hospital.