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The ills of money-driven medicine

May 17, 2012
By: Philip Caper

A couple of weeks ago, nine medical specialty societies released a list of 45 medical tests and procedures they believed are significantly overused. On the heels of this announcement was a conference on “Avoiding Avoidable Care” attended by…

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Lown conference to focus on overtreatment

March 9, 2012
By: Chelsea Conaboy

Specialists at the Lown Cardiovascular Center have advocated for decades for the idea that less invasive and less costly care often is as effective for people with heart disease as bypass surgery or stenting. Often the message was not well-received…

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Doctors should take responsibility for cutting unnecessary procedures

May 3, 2012

The best hope for achieving significant savings in medical costs is through the elimination of unnecessary or duplicative procedures, which waste hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Government attempts to set boundaries inevitably run into cries of “death panels” and rationing, along with prideful reactions from many doctors, who assert the right to…

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Avoidable care conference foments revolution

May 1, 2012
By: Stephanie Bouchard

Within a handful of miles of the birthplace of the American Revolution, a new revolution was being fomented the last week of April. The Avoiding Avoidable Care Conference wasn’t so much about the epidemic of unnecessary medical care or the costs of unnecessary care. It was a rallying cry to the medical community, and to doctors…

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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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