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Geographic Variation in Cost of Managing Actinic Keratosis

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on March 8, 2017 at 5:59 PM
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 Geographic Variation in Cost of Managing Actinic Keratosis

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 cancer.

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.

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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.

Source: Eurekalert
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