Stephanie Krent, Imaging Performance Partnership
According to a study
presented at this month’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), orthopedic surgeons cost the U.S. $2 billion per year in unnecessary spending for defensive imaging. Dr. Alex Jahangir, who presented the study, noted that “one out of every five dollars in this country is spend on healthcare, rather than education or infrastructure.” This realization led Jahangir’s group to survey 1,214 orthopedic surgeons on their imaging ordering patterns.
The cost of defensive imaging