Iffy imaging, other low-value health services in the national spotlight

Consumer media outlets have paid plenty of attention to the recent study showing that, despite the popularity of Choosing Wisely efforts, low-value health services—not least several perennially overutilized imaging exams—are still ringing up more than $30 million a year in probably needless spending.

Jane Orient, MD, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, gave some colorful quotes on the study to CNN.

“Medicine is hard,” Orient told the cable giant, “and there’s so much individual variation and so much money sloshing around and so many people wanting to get their hands on it, so it's hard to know who to believe.”

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