Actinic keratoses - or AK - is a rough scaly patch that most commonly
appears on sun-exposed areas. These growths require regular management
because a small proportion of them can progress to squamous cell skin
A new article and podcast published online by JAMA Dermatology
examines geographic variability in health care usage and spending for
the management of AK. Understanding geographic variation in AK spending
is an opportunity to decrease waste or recoup excess spending, according
to the report.
‘Geographic variation in actinic keratoses spending is an opportunity to decrease waste or recoup excess spending.’
Joslyn S. Kirby of the Penn State Milton S.
Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa., and coauthors, used data from a
medical claims database for their study that examined geographic
variation in health care costs and the association with patient-related
and health-related factors.