Posts Tagged ‘ overutilization ’

Rising Anger Among Consumers, Doctors On Over-utilization And Access To Medical Records

Posted On : March 31, 2015,   Time : 9:41 pm

There is a rising concern -- and anger -- among some patients and members of the medical community over the over-utilization of healthcare services and the difficulty some patients have in accessing their medical records. That’s led to a new movement known as “Right Care, Right Now,” which is being advocated by the Boston-based Lown Institute. The organization drew more than 300 attendees at a recent conference in San Diego, HealthLeaders magazine reported. They included not only doctors frustrated by what they see as over-utilization of healthcare services driven by financial considerations, but patients who say they have difficulty communicating with their providers and even obtaining their most basic medical information. read more

Excess Imaging Has A Fiscal — And Personal — Cost

Posted On : December 5, 2014,   Time : 8:26 am

A new study has concluded that unnecessary medical imaging in conjunction with cardiac stress tests not only costs the healthcare system more than $500 million annually but also creates enough radiation exposure to give 491 Americans cancer each year. Using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the study’s authors concluded that imaging with a cardiac stress test rose from 59 percent of the time in the early 1990s to 87 percent of the time by 2010. Meanwhile, the percentage of patients who underwent a stress test without the presence of cardiac disease rose more than 50 percent during that same time period. As a result, the researchers concluded that nearly 35 percent of cardiac stress imaging tests are unnecessary. That’s about 1 mi read more

Is That Knee Replacement Surgery Really Necessary?

Posted On : November 18, 2014,   Time : 4:37 pm

A knee replacement is one of the most common forms of surgery in the United States, with more than 600,000 people undergoing the procedure each year – more than double the rate of a decade ago. The numbers of knee replacement surgeries are only expected to rise as the American population continues to age. But are all knee replacements truly necessary? The New York Times suggests that in many instances they're not. For example, even though patients between the ages of 45 and are experiencing the greatest growth in knee replacements, the parts wear out after 20 years or so. That means these patients will likely need to undergo an additional knee replacement during their lifetime. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University also concluded that up to a third of subjects who underwent a knee replacement were not really good candidates for the procedure, with many only suffering from minor arthritis or pain when they went under the knife. After they had their knee joint read more