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Docs struggle to understand role of cost in healthcare

Although doctors know they need to help control healthcare costs, they don't know how to do it, according to a study published in the  American Journal of Managed Care.

Population health model presents serious issues for private practices

Population health has emerged as a key to shaping and quantifying ongoing initiatives to increase the value of healthcare, according to an article in  Medical Economics, and that's causing trouble for private practice physicians.

UnitedHealth the second insurer to sue defunct urine screening lab

Less than a year after Cigna filed civil claims against Sky Toxicology, UnitedHealthcare has filed a similar lawsuit against the defunct Texas urine screening laboratory, claiming it paid $50 million for unnecessary drug screening tests, according to the  Palm Beach Post.

Recent cardiology research of note for primary care practitioners

The American College of Cardiology's 2016 meeting featured several studies that should be on primary care practitioners' radar screens, according to an article in  Medscape.

Public disclosure of patient satisfaction data may come at a cost

Providing easy access to patient survey results may sound great from a marketing perspective, but practices looking to embrace transparency may want to slow down and consider the potential for unintended consequences, according to an opinion piece written for the  Wall Street Journal.

There's no good evidence tying screening to reduced mortality

It seems like basic common sense: Encourage cancer screenings, diagnose and treat the disease early, save lives. It turns out the "save lives" part of that equation is a lot harder to support, according to an article in  BMJ.

Culture shift, patient education needed to stop unnecessary tests

When residents are confronted by patients requesting unnecessary tests, they order the tests anyway, according to a study published in  JAMA Internal Medicine.  For the study, undercover instructors posed as patients requesting the tests. Not only did the 60 residents involved in the study order the tests the first time, but they did so again months later after receiving in-person coaching from instructors or educational materials to read. 

Fear of overtesting and malpractice often drives diagnostic errors

One reason for the widespread problem of diagnostic errors is the pressure clinicians are under to avoid unnecessary tests and control healthcare costs, according to a leading healthcare expert who was one of the reviewers of the recent Institute of Medicine report that revealed most people will experience a misdiagnosis at some point in their lives.

3 ways health leaders can help doctors avoid waste

To create systems that support doctors and allow them to do the best possible job, healthcare leaders should keep three key principles in mind, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

Education, outreach reduce unnecessary lab tests

Providers who better understand the specific uses of different kinds of laboratory tests order fewer unnecessary tests and provide better patient care,  Medscape Medical News  reported from the American Society for Clinical Pathology conference.