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Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Doctors Order More Lab Tests When They Own the Labs
A new report reveals how wide the “self-referral” problem is: US Medicare paid $69 million for nearly a million biopsies in 2010 that it wouldn’t have been ordered if self-referring doctors ordered tests at the same rate as colleagues who use outside labs, according to the Government Accountability Office. That’s about 22 percent of what Medicare spent on the procedures that year.