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A push for less testing in emergency rooms

from The Wall Street Journal

Under pressure to rein in healthcare costs, some physician groups and hospitals are turning to an area that has so far received little attention: cutting down on what many say is excessive diagnostic testing in the emergency room. Studies have shown that the use of advanced imaging techniques and the costs associated with them have grown rapidly in emergency rooms since the 1990s, partly because of the widespread availability of the technology and an emphasis on getting patients out of the emergency room quickly. more


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