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Physician Checklist Zaps Wasteful Spending



Physicians and hospitals have been adopting checklists to ensure proper patient care. Now it’s time to take the checklist premise further, to find procedures that should be minimized or eliminated altogether.



2 comments on "Physician Checklist Zaps Wasteful Spending"
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.