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Forces of change from within the medical community

April 26, 2016

By Andy Lazris, MD

I spent last weekend at the Lown Conference in Chicago. For those who do not know about Lown Institute, it would be wise to find out more and to sign their Right Care Alliance pledge. The group is relatively young, and this was my second trip to their annual conference. Just as it was last year, the conference was an enlightening and energizing affair. Being with several hundred people who actually get it—from distinguished academics, to regular docs/nps like me, students, writers, patients, and others touched by the medical field—who understand how our dysfunctional health care delivery system feeds upon and rewards overtreatment, who realize that the information being disseminated by the press, pharmaceutical companies, and many members of the medical establishment is often just plain erroneous and misleading; wow, it makes me feel like change can actually occur.

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This and That

April 22, 2016

By Shannon Brownlee

We had a fantastic Lown Conference in Chicago last weekend. Watch for video clips of speakers and panels on this website. Until then, watch these clips from the meeting created for us by a skilled videographer.

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Elder care leader to keynote at Lown Conference

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—Joanne Lynn, MD, believes major changes are necessary to care for the growing population of Americans who are living longer, many who are experiencing multiple chronic conditions and progressive disabilities.

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Second Right Care Educators program announced at Lown conference

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—The Lown Institute today announced at its 4th Annual Conference, at the JW Marriott Chicago, that applications from chief residents are now being accepted for the second Right Care Educator program, an initiative designed to encourage clinicians to improve patient care by exploring and eliminating the drivers of medical overuse and promoting appropriate care for patients.

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Panel discussion to focus on ways overtreatment hurts patients, clinicians, communities

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—The recent rise in physician burnout and suicides compelled Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, FCCP, last year to investigate moral distress with the support of a Right Care Alliance Young Innovator grant, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her findings add to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the inextricable and bi-directional link between medical overuse and physician burnout.

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Deceptive drug and device promotion is focus of conference workshop

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—Within a 30-day span this year, more than $1.5 billion* in legal settlements were made by big health care corporations—penalties for wrongdoing ranging from deceptive marketing to bribery to suppression and manipulation of clinical research. These legal cases are the exception, not the rule. Corruption practices of hospital systems, managed care organizations, drug and device makers and health care foundations are commonly carried out with impunity, even as patients in the U.S. struggle to pay for high-cost health care that often delivers less than optimal outcomes.

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‘Canada’s system imperfect but better than the U.S.’

March 28, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

An interview with Ryan, Meili, MD, vice chair, Canadian Doctors for Medicare; and executive director, Upstream. Meili is a participant in the symposium titled A Vision of a Better System: Barriers and Opportunities, which takes place on Sunday morning at the 4th Annual Lown Conference, April 15-17 in Chicago.

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