Study examines regional spending on vascular care and amputation rate

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause critical limb ischemia that is treated with amputation, and while there is much spending on interventions to try to prevent amputations, higher spending does not necessarily mean lower amputation rates, according to a study by Philip P. Goodney, M.D., M.S., of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H., and colleagues. In recent years, vascular care aimed at preventing amputation has become increasingly expensive due to the rise in use of less invasive techniques, according to the study background. Researchers studied 18,463 U.S. Medicare patients who underwent major PAD- related amputations from 2003 to 2010 and…
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