By Tom Emerick

First Posted at Cracking Health Costs on 3/13/2013

Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Care Costs
Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Care Costs

According to an article by Alicia Caramenico in FierceHealthcare, a study shows that higher charges for cancer care do not result in better outcomes. Imagine that.

According to the article, “Medicare spending for advanced cancer significantly varies across regions, but there is no direct link between higher regional spending and improved patient survival, according to a study published yesterday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

Further, “Advanced cancer spending varied by up to 41 percent between high- and low-spending regions.”  No appreciable differences in outcomes were seen.

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To regular readers of Cracking Health Costs, this kind of thing is old hat. The problem is that no one is doing anything about that 41% variation in charges. Inasmuch as the government cannot deal with these kinds of problems for political reasons, then by default if corporations won’t take this mess on, who will?

Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)
Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Doctor Weighs In. She is also the CEO of Health Tech Hatch, the sister site of TDWI that helps innovators tell their stories to the world. She is also a physician executive who has worked in all aspects of healthcare including practicing emergency physician, health plan executive, consultant to employers, CMS, and other organizations. She is a Board Certified Internist and Emergency Physician who loves to write about just about anything that has to do with healthcare.


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