How Patient Engagement is Changing Health Care Practice - Health Minute for December 9, 2013

How Patient Engagement is Changing Health Care Practice - Health Minute for December 9, 2013

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Monday, December 9, 2013 - 5:00pm


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Poorly informed decisions about health care add to the nation’s healthcare costs. The Institute of Medicine has estimated the price of unnecessary medical care at over $200 billion annually. A recent article in Modern Healthcare finds that 50 years of research exploring the impact better-informed and engaged patients have on medical decision making has real benefits for patients' health—and to their wallets and pocketbooks. Studies by the Cochrane Collaboration, a not-for-profit network of experts who evaluate medical research, suggest that patients who use tools to guide their decisions have a better grasp of their choices and risks. They were also more likely to select less intense or invasive treatment when considering major elective surgery. Since 2012, 60 medical groups have issued more than 230 recommendations in an ongoing campaign to reduce overuse in medicine. The ABIM Foundation has launched a campaign called Choosing Wisely that urges patients to raise questions about when care is necessary. It also challenges doctors. Physicians may not be up-to-date on recent changes to treatment guidelines or may be swayed by financial incentives for overuse, from ownership in treatment centers to payment that is tied to the volume of care they deliver rather than outcomes. Patient engagement is a major development that is dramatically changing current healthcare practices. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media. 

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