Repeat testing could up costs, trigger more tests

Despite national efforts to curb unnecessary testing, half of older Medicare patients had a repeat heart, lung, stomach or bladder test within three years of an initial test, according to a new Archives of Internal Medicine study, published online Monday. "There is retesting for good reasons, and there is retesting for bad reasons," Nick Fitterman, director of the hospitalist program and chief of staff at Huntington (N.Y.) Hospital, told U.S. News & World Report's HealthDay. "The 800-pound gorilla in the room is that we live in a fee-for-services world; there are financial incentives to do repeat testing," he said. The studied tests range in price from $200 to more than $1,000, according to Reuters Health. --Read the full story from FierceHealthcare