Colonoscopies overused in older adults

Colonoscopies are an important tool for finding and removing colon cancer and precancerous growths. Medical groups recommend screenings at intervals no shorter than 10 years apart for people at average risk for colon cancer, starting at age 50. But a large study of Medicare patients found that many were screened more often.

Though Medicare regulations disallow payment for repeat screenings within 10 years of a negative colonoscopy, only 2 percent of the early screenings were denied, according to the study. They said their data could be used to pinpoint doctors who are overusing colonoscopies. Read more…

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