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Repeat Testing Common Among Medicare Beneficiaries

A major aim of healthcare policy reform is the elimination of superfluous healthcare costs, namely repeat exams. New research in Archives of Internal Medicine finds “among beneficiaries undergoing echocardiography, 55% had a second test within 3 years…44% of imaging stress tests were repeated within 3 years, as were 49% of pulmonary function tests, 46% of chest computed tomography, 41% of cystoscopies, and 35% of upper endoscopies.” Repeat testing was most common among Medicare beneficiaries and metropolitan areas with high rates of population testing.

Read it in Archives of Internal Medicine.