Reducing Unnecessary Testing

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Reducing Unnecessary Testing

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As a resident, you are on the front lines of patient care. You are in the hospital overnight admitting new patients, starting their diagnostic workups, and initiating important treatments. It sometimes feels like the number of tests to order is unlimited. Yet, health care costs continue to rise, and we are being asked to think more critically about the tests we order. Join us as we discuss questions such as:

  • What are specific strategies and guidelines we can follow to reduce unnecessary testing?
  • What are some tips to help think about the tests that patients don’t need, rather than only what they do need?
  • What resources are available to learn more about the cost of tests?

Should you focus on the cost of a specific test and consider if there is a less expensive way to get the same answer?

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