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Panel discussion to focus on ways overtreatment hurts patients, clinicians, communities

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—The recent rise in physician burnout and suicides compelled Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, FCCP, last year to investigate moral distress with the support of a Right Care Alliance Young Innovator grant, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her findings add to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the inextricable and bi-directional link between medical overuse and physician burnout.

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Deceptive drug and device promotion is focus of conference workshop

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—Within a 30-day span this year, more than $1.5 billion* in legal settlements were made by big health care corporations—penalties for wrongdoing ranging from deceptive marketing to bribery to suppression and manipulation of clinical research. These legal cases are the exception, not the rule. Corruption practices of hospital systems, managed care organizations, drug and device makers and health care foundations are commonly carried out with impunity, even as patients in the U.S. struggle to pay for high-cost health care that often delivers less than optimal outcomes.

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‘Canada’s system imperfect but better than the U.S.’

March 28, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

An interview with Ryan, Meili, MD, vice chair, Canadian Doctors for Medicare; and executive director, Upstream. Meili is a participant in the symposium titled A Vision of a Better System: Barriers and Opportunities, which takes place on Sunday morning at the 4th Annual Lown Conference, April 15-17 in Chicago.

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Until the white coats show up, this will amount to little more than a fad

March 9, 2016

By Kim DiGioia, MSPH

An interview with Lauren Taylor, MPH

Taylor will be speaking at the 2016 Lown Conference as part of a panel discussion entitled, “What Are the Real Harms of a Culture of Over-testing and Overtreatment? Perspectives from Patients, Clinicians and Communities” on Saturday morning, April 16. The panel discussion and Q&A will explore the ways in which overuse results in harm to patients, clinicians, and our communities.

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A call for meaningful work hours for residents

By Chris Worsham, MD

March 8, 2016

The decade-long debate surrounding the resident physician work hour regulations put into place in 2003 and 2011 is coming to a boil. With one large study of surgical residents completed (the FIRST Trial), and one of medical residents nearing completion (the iCOMPARE Trial), the duty-hours conversation has elicited opinions from senior and junior physicians from across the country.

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