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Profit Motive at Play in Knee MRI Orders?

(MedPage Today) Physicians were more likely to order potentially unnecessary knee imaging when they had a financial stake in it, a study showed.
MRI scans turned up negative in significantly more patients referred by physicians with an ownership interest in the imaging equipment than by those without any financial incentive (33% versus 25%...), Matthew P. Lungren, MD, … and colleagues found.
Other patient and physician characteristics appeared largely similar between groups, leaving no other apparent good reason for the self-referral difference, the researchers reported.
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