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Monthly Archives: March, 2012

The Importance of Choosing Wisely

On April 4th as part of the Choosing Wisely™ campaign, nine medical specialties will announce their lists of five tests and procedures patients and physicians should question due to lack of evidence about their benefits. The nine specialty societies include: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology American Academy of Family Physicians American College of [...]

In Defense of Doctors’ Feelings

An op-ed piece written by by Danielle Ofri in the March 28 edition of the New York Times relays the emotional toll having “difficult conversations” with patients can have on a physician. In one anecdote, Dr. Ofri mentions that she, and the rest of the patient’s health care team “fell short of the Charter on [...]

The Words Used to Talk About Use of Resources: What Do They Tell Us?

The words we use to talk about the use of health care resources makes a difference in how we engage physicians, clinicians and patients in thoughtful discussion around the economic sustainability of the current health care system.  These conversations must happen — without hysteria and political motivation. We need attitudinal and political changes before we [...]

Recommended Reading: March 16-23

How can we address our nation’s spiraling health care costs? This week’s Recommended Reading offers several potential solutions: As Ezra Klein reports, Victor Fuchs and Ezekiel Emanuel have proposed cutting the length of medical training by 30 percent, thereby reducing physician debt and allowing space for more physicians to be trained. The Wall Street Journal [...]

A Question of Worth

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 [...]

Hope is On the Way for Primary Care Practice

At a March 12 conference sponsored by the ABIM Foundation, we heard descriptions on how primary care can and should be improved to: enhance the patient experience; improve quality and bring joy back into practice.

Doctor, How Much Does It Cost?

In January, I wrote about my surgical experience for a detached retina. Since then, I met Neel Shah and learned about his organization, Costs of Care.  I also read the essays of his essay contest winners. Neel wants to bring awareness of the cost of specific tests and treatments to physicians and patients alike.

Doctors, Not Financial Engineers

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 [...]

Recommended Reading: March 3-8

This week’s Recommended Reading articles highlight several factors that are driving our nation’s ever-increasing health care costs: According to Ezra Klein, high prices are the main reason that U.S. health care is so much costlier than in other countries. He cites a recent International Federation of Health Plans study which shows that Americans pay more [...]

Putting Joy Into Practice: A Journey Into Primary Care

Dr. Christine Sinsky is on a mission to improve the work-life of primary care physicians and clinicians to improve care and attract physicians to primary care. A member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Sinsky is a board certified internist who practices internal medicine at Medical Associates Clinic [...]