The present health care environment has stirred areas of interest that previously escaped critical assessment. This was not a failing of the previous modes of medical care but more appropriately reflected a broader approach to patient care. The notion of providing optimal care, once pervasive in medical circles, is now being reevaluated with an eye toward cost savings and the prudent use of services. Consequently, we are entering an era where accepted practices are being scrutinized and alternate pathways of care are being introduced.
we are entering an era where accepted practices are being scrutinized and alternate pathways of care are being introduced
In this issue of the Archives, Bass et al1 address the subject of preoperative medical testing for cataract surgery. This topic would have stimulated little interest several years ago since it encompassed an activity of accepted medical care. In the process of developing the Agency for
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