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Should hospitals be part of the solution?

By Andy Lazris, MD
December 14, 2014

Recently someone shared with me an article, An Amazing Healthcare Revolution is Happening in Maryland, written by Brett Logiurato in Business Insider. The revolution, it seems, is triggered by changes in hospitals that are encouraging fewer admissions and better communication. Under Maryland’s Total Payment Revenue Budget Cap, Maryland hospitals are capitated by Medicare; they earn just as much if they do not admit patients than if they do.

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When is Medical Treatment Overtreatment? Maine Doctors Take New Look

November 26, 2014
By Patty Wight

Medical treatment can cure illnesses and save lives. But too much treatment can cause harm, even death.

The Lown Institute in Boston estimates that between 10 and 30 percent of medical treatment in this country is unnecessary and racks up between $2 billion and $800 billion in extra costs. In Maine, some health care providers are changing their approach to ensure that they give patients what they call “right” treatment.

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Does personal resilience create more efficient clinicians?

November 15, 2014
By Christine Phelan Kueter

With a $7,350 grant from the Boston-based Lown Institute, U.Va. School of Nursing 3rd year student Jane Muir will implement a resilience program for nursing and medical students with the goal of enhancing compassion, clinical abilities and efficiency.

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Why We Need the Do No Harm Initiative

by Meredith Niess, MD, MPh
November 24, 2014

During training, medical professionals travel the path from the ideal of medicine to the reality. This path is paved with many challenging lessons, among them, our system is broken and we can’t always cure our patients. Facing these hard truths can be disheartening at the least and soul-crushing at the worst. The sense of futility and powerlessness to improve these realities often left me even more discouraged. The Do No Harm Project provided me a lifeline of hope in this learning setting.

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The Lown Institute awards Young Innovator Grants to address gaps in medical education

November 18, 2014 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute has awarded RightCare Alliance Young Innovator Grants to 11 enterprising projects that inspire junior faculty, medical and nursing students, residents and other trainees in the health professions to challenge the culture of overuse in healthcare. The Lown Institute selected the winners from 80 project applications that comprise more than 200 individuals from 25 states and the District of Columbia.

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