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Beyond Kickbacks: More Questions About Unnecessary Cardiovascular Tests

On the front page of the Wall Street Journal today is an important story about a fast-growing company accused of giving kickbacks to physicians who order the company’s tests measuring a wide variety of cardiovascular biomarker tests. 93 more words

Policy & Ethics

Concierge Medicine -- spending your deductable

Jen Wieczner published her article “The Pros and Cons of Concierge Medicine” in the Wall Street Journal  on November 11, 2013.   Concierge medicine doctors are “on retainer” much like some lawyers.   322 more words

Restructuring Health Care

Repeating Tests and Images - Duplication in Healthcare

How is it possible that pieces of information are not available when decisions need to be made?
This is the situation nearly always when a patient is sitting in front of a doctor or nurse. 25 more words


Do Patients Want More Care or Less? - NYTimes.com

Some good examples of doctors providing the space for patients to make choices about the level of care and options, albeit in relatively low-stakes situation. The development of  ‘decision aids’ to assist those conversations is helpful. 126 more words


Doctors can help patients make informed decisions and prevent overtreatment

Good article on how medical history and a good primary care doctor can reduce the aggravation of unnecessary tests, and how some of the incentives (financial) encourage more testing. 55 more words