The need for Self-Regulation employing Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC)
Keywords:Self-Regulation, Employers, Appropriate Use Criteria, PCI, Inspection
Involvement of our cardiology community in developing indigenous AUC in the light of current evidence shall enhance our understanding of the benefits and risks of different indications of procedures. The appropriate and universal use of AUC has the potential to improve patient care and, at the same time, prevent misuse of procedures. This shall surely result in a reduction of the overall cost. The way to rationally look at AUC is to understand that the mirror of AUC helps us reflect on the value of care we provide to patients. If we work hard towards this goal, we should be able to retain the privilege of self-regulation and, more significantly, the trust of our patients and community. To conclude, if we as cardiologists do not work hard to not only clearly define AUC but actively measure appropriateness, we stand a great chance of losing to self-regulate our clinical practice.
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