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“Victims of friendly fire,” time to “jump in the boat,” & misleading cancer advertising

June 13, 2014
RightCare Weekly

Dr. David Newman, who was featured in last week’s roundup writing on statins, highlights an incredibly important paper by Drs. Harlan Krumholz and Allan Detsky assessing how hospitals can help patients avoid “post-hospital syndrome.” Krumholz has written before about how disruptive hospital care can be for patients – meaning even after they’ve gotten over their illness, sometimes patients need additional time to recover from the stress of a hospital stay. There are ways to avoid the problems patients experience after hospitalizations…

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Overdiagnosed babies, NNTs, and the war on statin science

June 6, 2014
RightCare Weekly

Earlier this week, Aaron E. Carroll of The Incidental Economist wrote at The Upshot on how definitions of disease have broadened, leading more and more people to be diagnosed with conditions that don’t necessarily cause real problems. The article is an important example of the broader concept of overdiagnosis…

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RightCare Weekly

May 22, 2014

A USA Today story published this week explores the issue of prescription drug misuse among seniors. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration, an estimated 132,000 seniors are misusing or dependent on prescription pain relievers…

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May 15, 2014

The top story this week: An article published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine estimates that over twenty-five percent of Medicare patients receive at least one unnecessary medical test or procedure each year…

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RightCare Weekly

May 8, 2014

Welcome to the RightCare Weekly, a newsletter that will help you stay on top of all the important news in the ongoing quest to move the US health care system toward the right care. We’ll bring you the most important stories, news articles, and opinion pieces of the week, along with our…

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Bigger Hospitals Mean Higher Prices, Not Better Care

February 18, 2014
By: Shannon Brownlee and Vikas Saini

Hospitals are busily merging with other hospitals and buying up groups of doctors. They claim that size brings efficiency and the opportunity to deliver more “value-based” care — and fewer unnecessary services…

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Mass. has too many hospitals for its own good

June 15, 2012
By: Shannon Brownlee

Take a walk down practically any major thoroughfare in the city of Boston, and you’ll be hard pressed to go more than a few blocks without running into a hospital. The cities of Cambridge and Boston have nine hospitals…

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RightCare Weekly

May 2, 2014

Welcome to the RightCare Weekly, a newsletter that will help you stay on top of all the important news in the ongoing quest to move the US health care system toward the right care. We’ll bring you the most important stories, news articles, and opinion pieces of the week, along with our interpretation of why they’re important and what they mean for patients, doctors, and communities…

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