Appropriateness criteria and elective procedures--total joint arthroplasty.

  title={Appropriateness criteria and elective procedures--total joint arthroplasty.},
  author={Hassan M K Ghomrawi and Bruce R. Schackman and Alvin I. Mushlin},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={367 26},
The implementation of appropriateness criteria that help to identify the patients likely to benefit most from a given procedure could help to combat increasing health care costs while enhancing access and quality. Total joint arthroplasty offers a prime example. 
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