True appropriate use incorporates gray areas, cardiologist says

02/25/2013 |

Updated language for procedure and imaging appropriate use criteria is a step in the right direction, says cardiologist Dr. J. Jeffrey Marshall. The new language eliminates the term "inappropriate" and better acknowledges the complicated nature of medical decision making, he says. "Except for some rare exceptions, physicians are always trying to perform appropriate procedures and order appropriate tests, but sometimes these decisions fall into a gray zone," Marshall said.

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