Recent health care policy initiatives have focused on reducing misuse or overuse of expensive cardiovascular procedures. The appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization were released in 2009 with the aim of reducing inappropriate percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs).1 In addition, national efforts to provide hospitals with information about their performance on PCI appropriateness began in 2011.2
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Wadhera RK, Sukul D, Secemsky EA, et al. Temporal Trends in Unstable Angina Diagnosis Codes for Outpatient Percutaneous Coronary Interventions. JAMA Intern Med. Published online December 17, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5124
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