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Is that surgery really necessary? Ensuring the Medical Necessity of Care

July 30, 2014

Prescribing unnecessary medical tests, procedures, hospitalizations and surgeries has become an epidemic worldwide. The rates of caesarian sections, for instance, vary widely. While globally the C section rate in public hospitals is 10 percent, it reaches an alarming 98 percent in Brazil’s private hospitals, and 40 percent in private hospitals worldwide…

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Warning: Apple HealthKit risks driving up medical costs

June 6, 2014
By: Sharon Machlis

The Lown Institute, founded by Nobel Laureate Dr. Bernard Lown, works to curb medical overtreatments. And they make some convincing arguments about overtreatment in general. In short: With uncertainty in medicine, there are loads incentives in the American medical system for a doctor to…

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The Cruel Paradox of Underuse

May 13, 2014

This blog, the third in a series about our March 18 forum, Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse, focuses on the “cruel paradox” that while we are spending more and more on health care…

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First, Do No Harm

May 7, 2014

This blog is the second in a series to highlight some of the issues raised in the recent forum,Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse. The forum, hosted by Universal Health Care Foundation and our parent organization CHART…

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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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Overuse: More Care Does Not Mean Better Care

April 28, 2014

On March 18, Universal Health Care Foundation and our parent organization CHART hosted a Reform to Transform forum, Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misusefeaturing Shannon Brownlee as the key note speaker…

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When Less Is More: Issues Of Overuse in HC

April 25, 2014
By: Shannon Brownlee, Vikas Saini, and Christine Cassel

About 18 months ago, Daniel Wolfson, executive vice president of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation began asking audiences of clinicians if any of them had ever seen a patient subjected to unnecessary medical care. As one of the architects…

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Docs Overlook Lucrative Procedures in Choosing Wisely

April 14, 2014
By: Jordan Rau

When America’s joint surgeons were challenged to come up with a list of unnecessary procedures in their field, their selections shared one thing: none significantly impacted their incomes. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons discouraged patients…

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A Tale of Two Conferences

April 7, 2014
By: Susan Molchan

“Why are you here?” That was often the first question among fellow attendees as we met each other at a recent conference. It seemed perfectly reasonable at the time, but later I realized I had never attended a meeting where that question had arisen. Many of us circulate through the same set of specialty meetings each year…

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Can preventive surgery change the destiny of an individual?

March 19, 2014

Modern medicine can provide increasingly more precisely what we might die. But you can change the course of an individual destined by their genetic makeup through radical preventive surgery? And where we lead these surgeries? The famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, recently confirmed…

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