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Opaque Costs Lead to Embarrassment

February 12, 2015
By Margie Coloian

Among the must-haves Steven Weinberger, MD envisions for our healthcare system is transparency of costs. The cost of individual care is a mystery for most patients. The mix of copays, co-insurance, deductibles, facility fees—are all nebulous—until the bill arrives weeks after a medical encounter.

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Fixing overtreatment: Lone rangers need not apply

February 11, 2015
By Shannon Brownlee
KevinMD

Why is it so hard to make a dent in the huge volume of unnecessary health care? In the U.S., about 20 to 30 percent of the medical interventions American patients receive are useless and often harmful, and waste hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

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ViewPoint: Health policy should focus on keeping people, communities healthy

February 6, 2015
By David Martin
Boston Business Journal

In 1965 Dr. Jack Geiger founded a community health center in an impoverished area of Mississippi. Many of the children who came to him for medical care were malnourished and he begin writing them prescriptions for food. Some government official was dispatched to tell him that prescribing food was not covered under their health insurance program and he responded, “The last time I looked in my textbooks,” he said, “the specific therapy for malnutrition was food.”

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Health Continues to Be Too Medical

February 9, 2015

By Margie Coloian

“Patients need to trust their doctor,” insists America Bracho, MD. “Without trust, the level of influence that a provider has is limited.” Bracho believes that good doctor-patient relationships promote healthy lifestyles, the basic foundation for good health. Many medical conditions are often linked to unhealthy lifestyles—like poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.

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Paying for CTs and MRIs, but not (yet) for the ‘most effective service’

January 26, 2015

By Margie Coloian

The medical paradigm is about diagnosing disease, according to Mitchell Katz, MD. “When doctors are trained to focus on finding the diagnosis,” Katz says, “the response will always be testing. That’s just the way doctors are trained.” But does a medical system that is laser-focused on endless tests, and a multitude of subsequent treatments, deliver the highest value care? Katz thinks not.

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