What Are Appropriate Use Criteria?

The next step on the road to quality

Mary Ann Porucznik

According to Kristy L. Weber, MD, past chair of the AAOS Council on Research and Quality, “Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) specify when it’s appropriate to perform a procedure or service.” An “appropriate” procedure is one for which the expected health benefits exceed the expected health risks by a wide margin.

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