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Bigger Hospitals Mean Higher Prices, Not Better Care

February 18, 2014
By: Shannon Brownlee and Vikas Saini

Hospitals are busily merging with other hospitals and buying up groups of doctors. They claim that size brings efficiency and the opportunity to deliver more “value-based” care — and fewer unnecessary services…

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Overuse: More Care Does Not Mean Better Care

April 28, 2014

On March 18, Universal Health Care Foundation and our parent organization CHART hosted a Reform to Transform forum, Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misusefeaturing Shannon Brownlee as the key note speaker…

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When Less Is More: Issues Of Overuse in HC

April 25, 2014
By: Shannon Brownlee, Vikas Saini, and Christine Cassel

About 18 months ago, Daniel Wolfson, executive vice president of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation began asking audiences of clinicians if any of them had ever seen a patient subjected to unnecessary medical care. As one of the architects…

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Docs Overlook Lucrative Procedures in Choosing Wisely

April 14, 2014
By: Jordan Rau

When America’s joint surgeons were challenged to come up with a list of unnecessary procedures in their field, their selections shared one thing: none significantly impacted their incomes. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons discouraged patients…

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A Tale of Two Conferences

April 7, 2014
By: Susan Molchan

“Why are you here?” That was often the first question among fellow attendees as we met each other at a recent conference. It seemed perfectly reasonable at the time, but later I realized I had never attended a meeting where that question had arisen. Many of us circulate through the same set of specialty meetings each year…

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Can preventive surgery change the destiny of an individual?

March 19, 2014

Modern medicine can provide increasingly more precisely what we might die. But you can change the course of an individual destined by their genetic makeup through radical preventive surgery? And where we lead these surgeries? The famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, recently confirmed…

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New Reseach on the Value of Mammograms

February 13, 2014

A long term study cast new doubts on the value of annual mammograms. According to the research, annual screening leads to increased diagnosis, but does not reduce the number of cancer deaths…

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Cardiologist’s Teaching Lives On

February 6, 2014

Around the world and here at BWH, Bernard Lown, MD, is thought of as a renowned cardiologist. From pioneering development of the direct current defibrillator in 1960, to co-founding an international organization focused on preventing nuclear war that earned him and his partner a Nobel Peace Prize in 1985…

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