42 Percent Of Medicare Patients Subjected To Unnecessary Treatments

Posted On : October 6, 2014,   Time : 10:34 pm

A new study published by the American Medical Association’s journal on internal medicine concluded that 42 percent of Medicare patients have been subjected to some medical procedure or treatment that conferred little benefit to their health, the Newsmax website has reported. The study focused on 2009 Medicare data, honing in on 26 procedures that may be overus

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Malpractice Data: Diagnostic Errors Biggest Cause of Patient Deaths

Posted On : October 6, 2014,   Time : 10:29 pm

Diagnostic errors comprised not only the biggest cause of patient deaths, but the largest number of lawsuits and related payouts as well, according to a study of cases from the National Practitioner Databank. The study, which was published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, concluded diagnostic errors were linked to the deaths of patients more than 40 percent of the time. Such errors also comprised nearly 29 percent of all medical malp

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Demand For Medical Second Opinions On The Rise

Posted On : October 6, 2014,   Time : 10:23 pm

Second opinions are becoming increasingly in demand by employers as they seek to cut their medical costs. The trade publication Business Insurance has reported that the cost of seeking a second opinion -- usually less than $1,000 -- easily pays for itself if it winds up countermanding a first opinion to undergo a specialty treatment or surgery. Misdiagnoses are found in about 20 percent of all medical cases that are referred for a second opinion, according to data that has been compiled on the subject. In some cases, such as for spinal fusion surgeries, the savings can be $150,000 or more. To learn more about how your bus

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Telemedicine Could Save Healthcare System $6 Billion a Year

Posted On : October 2, 2014,   Time : 8:40 am

A new study by the national consulting firm Towers Watson concludes that more employers are seeking telemedicine options for their workers in a belief that it will be more time efficient and save money. According to Bloomberg BNA, the use of telemedicine by companies could save the U.S. healthcare industry $6 billion a year. “This strikes me as the kind of thing that in the long run will be beneficial to both employees and employers i

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Up To a Third Of All Knee Replacement Surgeries May Be Unnecessary

Posted On : October 2, 2014,   Time : 8:29 am

A new study suggests that as many as one-third of all knee replacement surgeries are unnecessary. According to Modern Healthcare, a leading trade journal, researchers studied the medical records of 175 patients who underwent a knee replacement surgery, assigning a number of criteria to determine whether they were good candidates for the procedure. The criteria included the extent of damage to the knee, the patients’ age, and the extent of any arthritis. But 60 of those patients -- a full 34 percent -- were not considered good candidates to have their knees replaced. “It seems reasonable to question whether (knee repl

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