The two greatest factors in the cost of health care are drugs and hospitalizations.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The National Guideline Clearinghouse has published a guideline for Primary Care Physicians regarding screening for PAD.
The potential benefits of following these guidelines are:
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Technology Assessment (TA) Program develops systematic reviews, health technology assessments, and other reports at the request of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Coverage and Analysis Group. These reports are funded by an Interagency Agreement from CMS to AHRQ and used to inform national coverage policies, discussion at public Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC) meetings, and/or for other policy considerations.