Physicians who financially benefit from nuclear stress tests or stress echocardiography exams ordered more of the procedures for their patients after cardiac revascularization, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Duke University and United Healthcare researchers reviewed data from a national health insurance carrier on 17,847 patients. The findings highlight the need to adopt the American College of Cardiology Foundation's appropriate use criteria for nuclear stress and stress echocardiography services, the researchers said.

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