Urologists' self-referral for pathology of biopsy specimens linked to increased use and lower prostate cancer detection.

@article{Mitchell2012UrologistsSF,
  title={Urologists' self-referral for pathology of biopsy specimens linked to increased use and lower prostate cancer detection.},
  author={Jean M Mitchell},
  journal={Health affairs},
  year={2012},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={741-9}
}
Federal law allows physicians in some circumstances to refer patients for additional services to a facility in which the physician has a financial interest. The practice of physician self-referral for imaging and pathology services has been criticized because it can lead to increased use and escalating health care expenditures, with little or no benefit to patients. This study examined Medicare claims for men in a set of geographically dispersed counties to determine how the "in-office… CONTINUE READING
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