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Most wasteful treatments, procedures in
primary care

from Medscape Medical News

A study commissioned by a reform-minded medical society has come up with specialty-specific lists of procedures in primary care that do little if anything to improve outcomes but excel at wasting limited health care dollars. A prime example is routinely ordering diagnostic imaging for patients with low back pain — but with no warning flags, such as severe or progressive neurologic deficits — within the first six weeks, according to the study. more

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