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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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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