Shifting the ‘more is better’ medical paradigm is focus of 4th annual Lown Institute conference

January 27, 2016 (Boston, MA)—Hundreds of clinicians, researchers, patient advocates, medical, nursing and public health representatives will attend the 4th annual Lown Institute Conference, April 15-17 at the JW Marriott Hotel Chicago. The Lown Conference focuses on the epidemic of unnecessary care in the U.S. health care system, the root causes of this overuse, and ways in which it exacerbates lack of access to needed care.

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Hospital chief residents named to program aimed at avoiding medical overuse

November 2, 2015 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute announced today that 32 teams of chief residents from leading hospitals across the nation have been accepted to its RightCare Educator (RCE) Program, an initiative designed to encourage clinicians to improve patient care by exploring and eliminating the drivers of medical overuse and promoting appropriate care for patients.

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Pediatric practitioners campaign for antibiotic stewardship

October 26, 2015 (Boston, MA)—Pediatricians, physician assistants and nurses across the country this month have pledged to help eliminate the overuse of antibiotics in children, citing the many harms caused when the medications are prescribed inappropriately. Calling this overuse a threat to public health, the clinicians are devoting extra time educating parents and colleagues about the proper use for antibiotics.

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Thousands to take a stand demonstrating a better U.S. health care system

September 18, 2015 (Boston, MA)—Doctors, nurses and patients are uniting October 18-24 to discuss the flaws in the nation’s healthcare system and demonstrate how individuals can take action to improve healthcare delivery in the United States. RightCare Action Week (RCAW), is organized by the RightCare Alliance*, an initiative of the Lown Institute.

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Hit with a 6-figure surgical bill, patient challenges insurer, system

March 8, 2015 (San Diego, CA)— If Peter Drier knew then what he knows now, he might have resorted to becoming a medical tourist for relief of his herniated disc. What he discovered after his surgery in New York last year, was a fat, unreasonable bill from the assistant surgeon who performed part of his procedure. Because Drier was “morally outraged” about the $117,000 fee—especially after his insurer paid up, no questions asked—he felt compelled to find out why.

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Author of ‘The Conversation,’ other clinicians to address a better end of life

March 8, 2015 (San Diego, CA)—American end-of-life care is broken at every level, writes Angelo Volandes, MD, the author of the newly released, widely-acclaimed book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care. Doing everything medically possible for dying patients, as is often the case, might not be what they want and can lead to painful, undignified and futile measures to prolong living.

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First ‘Do No Harm’ awards given for describing effects of medical overuse

February 17, 2015 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute today announced recipients of the first national Do No Harm Project Competition, which encouraged clinical medical trainees to write vignettes, or essays, chronicling harm or near harm resulting from medical overuse. The two vignettes chosen by a panel of experts were written by Spyridoula Maraka, MD, with secondary authors Derek O’Keeffe MD and Victor Montori, MD, all from the Mayo Clinic; and Stephanie Chen, MD, from Johns Hopkins, Bayview Medical Center.

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The Lown Institute awards Young Innovator Grants to address gaps in medical education

November 18, 2014 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute has awarded RightCare Alliance Young Innovator Grants to 11 enterprising projects that inspire junior faculty, medical and nursing students, residents and other trainees in the health professions to challenge the culture of overuse in healthcare. The Lown Institute selected the winners from 80 project applications that comprise more than 200 individuals from 25 states and the District of Columbia.

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