NEHI, a Cambridge-based non-profit focused on innovation in health care, has just put out a three-pronged plan for cutting wasteful medical spending by $84 billion a year nationwide.
In brief, according to NEHI:
– Emergency Department Overuse: More than half of the 120 million annual ED visits can be avoided, representing a $38 billion opportunity for savings. Potential solutions address specific recommendations to improve the primary care system and employ primary care alternatives such as tele-health technology and retail clinics. Proposed policy recommendations include specific pathways to reforming payment structures for providers and providing financial incentives for patients. Continue reading
Health Care Wastefulness Is Detailed in Studies – NYTimes.com More than a quarter of acute-care medical visits are to the ER, not primary care, study finds. Also, an estimate of the cost of “defensive medicine:” $45 billion. (The New York Times)
In Young Kids, Lack Of Sleep Linked To Obesity Later – NPR Those who sleep less than 10 hours a night are almost twice as likely to gain too much weight, and naps don’t help, researcher says. (NPR)
Patients overestimate benefit of heart stents, study says – Boston.com What Bay State Medical Center doctors thought they told patients — “This will ease your chest pain” — and what patients thought they heard — “This will prevent heart attacks.” (Boston Globe)
amednews: Social media pose ethical unknowns for doctors – American Medical News What if your patient wants to friend you on Facebook? What if you want to report your whereabouts on FourSquare? The AMA suggests some guidelines. (ama-assn.org)