Using nationally representative data from NAMCS, we demonstrate that the most expensive tests and procedures ordered by neurologists are MRIs, EMGs, and EEGs. In fact, our country spends more money each year on MRIs ordered by neurologists than on all visits to a neurologists combined. This work sets the stage for future work to better understand and improve inefficiencies in neurologic healthcare.
Burke JF, Skolarus LE, Callaghan BC, Kerber KA: Choosing Wisely: Highest-cost tests in outpatient neurology Ann. Neurol. 73(5): 679-683, 2013. PM23595536