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Cutting back on unnecessary medical tests and procedures

April 9, 2012

Doctors order and patients request many medical tests that add to expenses without improving care. A number of medical and consumer groups are now recommending doctors think twice before routinely prescribing some common medical tests such as stress tests for people with no symptoms of heart trouble, MRIs and CT scans in the early weeks…

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Doctors target overtreatment

April 5, 2012

Here in Massachusetts, with global payment systems gaining traction, the idea that more health care doesn’t exactly mean better health care isn’t entirely new. And with the rising cost of health care, targeting wasteful spending is something almost everyone can get onboard…

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Forty-five medical tests patients and doctors should question

April 04, 2012
By: Julie Deardorff

The new listing of 45 common treatments patients and doctors should question is part of a growing movement that challenges routine care. Next up: The upcoming Avoiding Avoidable Care summit, to be held on April 25 in Boston, will bring together more than 100 clinicians who will debate…

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