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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Treating Heart Failure on a $100 Budget

Costs of Care (Twitter: @CostsOfCare), where this post was originally published, is a Boston-based, non-profit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high value care. As part of the 2011 Costs of Care Essay Contest, more than 100 anecdotes were shared by patients and providers around the country that illustrate the role of cost-awareness [...]

Cost Awareness in Health Care: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Costs of Care, where this post was originally published, is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high-value care. Learn more at www.CostsOfCare.org or follow them on Twitter (@CostsOfCare). “Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

Bad Gold Drives Out Good Gold – The Effect of Overuse on Quality

Recent reports of the shortage of Ritalin for individuals who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder made me think of the effects overuse has on the quality of care provided. According to a Dartmouth Atlas report, overuse results in: worse access lower patient satisfaction and poorer outcomes. The authors also note that “disorganized, poorly coordinated, and [...]

Recommended Reading – February 13-17, 2012

This week, journal articles abounded on the potential contributors to health care costs.  What’s patient satisfaction, defensive medicine or treatment guidelines got to do with it?  Read some of the latest studies and see what you think:

Inspired by the Youthful

Maybe the awareness of cost and effective decision-making in health care will be propelled by the next generation of physicians and clinicians. After all, it was the American Medical Student Association that propelled the conflict-of-interest “movement” by grading their academic medical centers’ conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical and device companies. The generation now in [...]

State of Emergency

During a recent talk at the Families USA conference, the Reverend Edward Livingston led an animated discussion regarding his groundbreaking work with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Camden Churches Organized for People. (This work became well-known through Atul Gawande’s piece in The New Yorker, “The Hot Spotters.”)  In the course of his talk, [...]

Recommended Reading – February 6-10, 2012

As the ABIM Foundation embarks on its Choosing WiselyTM campaign, it hopes to stimulate conversations about the need to use resources wisely. This week’s JAMA Viewpoint, The Harms of Screening: New Attention to an Old Concern, discusses why limitations should be set on screenings—both to prevent harm to patients and manage resources. But how ready [...]

What’s All the Fuss about Conflict of Interest in Medical Care?

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times published a story entitled I Disclose…Nothing by Elisabeth Rosenthal. The premise of the article dealt with conflicts of interests in several professions, including those in medicine. It got me thinking about whether or not the concept of disclosure can successfully manage conflicts of interest in medicine [...]

Recommended Reading – January 23-27, 2012

ABIM Foundation staff tracks news stories, blog posts and journal articles related to professionalism, with a specific focus on physicians’ stewardship of resources. Recently, there has been a sharp increase in the number of stories, posts and articles on stewardship. Our new Recommended Reading posts will help keep you informed of the latest news in [...]