Is There Hope for Real Market-Driven Reform? Yes

By Thomas Emerick

First Posted at Cracking Health Costs on 5/7/2013

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

According to a news story on Kaiser Health News, Boston Children’s is taking on,“Overuse of some medical treatments – and underuse of others, when patients fail to get recommended care — are two factors linked to high medical spending in the United States.”

Is there hope?  Time will tell but at least another hospital is talking about putting the lid on over treatment.  Click here to read the full article.

On the other hand success at Boston Children’s will depend on what they mean by “underuse” of treatments.  Let’s hope that doesn’t mean coming up with even more reasons to give children MRIs, CT scans, etc.

If employers will continue to move patients to medical destinations and company-sponsored centers of excellence expressly to avoid unnecessary surgery and poor diagnosing, the bad hospitals will have to listen…hopefully.

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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