Dr. Bernard Lown speaks out against overtreatment

July 29, 2012
By: Chelsea Conaboy

Cardiologist Dr. Bernard Lown had trouble sleeping. It was the early 1970s, and he and colleagues were trying to prove an idea that had guided their practice: Blockages in the arteries to the heart often were not the ticking bombs people perceived them to be. They could be treated effectively…

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Can More Be Done With Less?

June 22, 2012
By: Alicia Ault

It’s a central tenet of being a physician: Do all you can to help the patient. But so is “first, do no harm,” and often, the harm comes from doing too much, too often. That’s the message from a growing number of physicians and organizations pushing for a sea change in how medicine is delivered…

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Mass. has too many hospitals for its own good

June 15, 2012
By: Shannon Brownlee

Take a walk down practically any major thoroughfare in the city of Boston, and you’ll be hard pressed to go more than a few blocks without running into a hospital. The cities of Cambridge and Boston have nine hospitals…

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Preventing overdiagnosis

May 30, 2012
By: Fiona Godlee

Last week’s BMJ Group Improving Health Awards gathered an inspiring cast of finalists and produced 12 worthy winners. Among them was Bernard Lown, who won our Lifetime Achievement award…

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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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