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Physician Checklist Zaps Wasteful Spending

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2011

This list is not comprehensive, Morioka-Douglas says. There could be many variations of lists, with other procedures added. “We challenge other physician groups to come up with a comparable list of goals,” she adds.

Weinberger, of the American College of Physicians, says his organization is also forming a checklist for publication soon. “We’re identifying areas of misuses and talking very much about what the National Physicians Alliance is doing,” he says.

But your organization doesn’t need to wait for a national program. Physicians can use the NPA checklist or adapt it to their own needs to ferret out waste.


Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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Dr. Rob (10/27/2011 at 2:45 PM)
Unfortunately, much unnecessary care is driven by: 1.) patients wanting an "immediate" cure for their condition. IF they do not receive the treatment THEY think is required, from their Primary Care MD, they seek treatment elsewhere. Who will educate the consumer, when they are "educated by the media" to make their own informed decisions ? 2.) Many "wasteful" diagnostic test are a result of practicing "defensive medicine". Most MD's will be happy to stop ordering these tests when plaintiff attorney's, and their "expert witnesses" stop referring to them as "standards of care" in lawsuits. Who will educate them, and assume the liability?

Karyn (10/27/2011 at 2:25 PM)
Nice job. How about not giving out controlled substances like candy. Lots of post op patients get 30 - 60 or more Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc and use between 5 and 7. Some of the problem is the 3rd party payors only allow for the docs to write a minimum of 30. This leads to over use. abuse and how to dispose of what was not used. How about a smaller amount with a refill.