The overuse of imaging studies is not a new problem. It’s been recognized for years. One tactic that payers have attempted to use is simply to reduce the financial incentive, by reducing reimbursements.
However, an even better approach might be to try to limit imaging studies and other tests and treatments that are inappropriate, unnecessary, wasteful, or redundant.
So begins a report, from the radiologists’ point of view, about the prospects for Choosing Wisely to rein in one large category of needless tests.
Their opinion piece has just been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.