Archive for September, 2014

Patient Satisfaction With Their Doctor Can Be a Dangerous Thing

Posted On : September 28, 2014,   Time : 11:34 pm

Just how reliable is a patient rating of their physician? That’s the question asked by USA Today. The newspaper noted that a variety of factors can go into how patients rate their doctor. Among the biggest is their overall satisfaction, which can run counterintuitively to what course of care is actually best for them. Nevertheless, patient satisfaction is a significant factor in how Medicare determines payments to doctors and hospitals. As a result, many doctors feel pressured to overutilize tests and other medical services. USA Today quoted a study from the journal Emergency Physicians Monthly concluding that nearly 60% of emergency room doctors ordered more tests read more

Unnecessary Imaging Costs U.S. At Least $7.5 Billion a Year

Posted On : September 27, 2014,   Time : 6:00 am

The consulting firm peer60 surveyed 196 hospital executives to come to that figure, which is that firm's low-end estimate. The actual price tag could be as high as $12 billion, representing about one out of every eight imaging procedures that takes place in the U.S. Defensive medicine – performing a medical task more out of concern of being sued for malpractice than actual medical necessity – was one of the biggest drivers of unnecessary imaging. However, some doctors are also having trouble keeping up with the latest developments in imaging, leading them to order unnecessary tests, the survey concluded. read more