Jun 15, 2012
Three different physician events saw national doctor groups calling for less medical care. In a bold and unprecedented announcement, they say doctors need to use clinical evidence to make care decisions. This can help protect patients from unneeded treatment – and costs.
”Until recently, the main framework for thinking about (health care) reform has been one of shortages and disparities. That has begun to shift as patients and providers become more aware of the problem of unnecessary or avoidable care. Efforts to improve care and control costs will not be successful unless policymakers, payers, providers, and patients address the problem of avoidable care,” asserts the New America Foundation article Doing What’s Right For Patients Demands A Culture Change.
Eight more medical specialty groups have joined the program and will submit their lists in the fall.
These events show providers are becoming more aware of the need for health care to be both evidence-based and affordable. This kind of culture shift could have a significant effect on costs in the future.
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