Unnecessary vitamin D testing dropped dramatically in Canada after payment stopped, but Choosing Wisely guidelines also had an impact in both U.S. and Canada.
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Emergency Department Patients May Care Less About a Doctor’s Race and Gender Than Previously Thought
Black or white, man or woman, providers got similar satisfaction and confidence scores from simulated patients in new research with implications for quality reporting.
As research in rats reveals a key brain pathway, neuroscientists contemplate how to translate findings in animals to understanding of human compulsions involving food or drugs.
Accountable Care Organizations aim to save Medicare system money while improving care, but patients who go out of network for primary appointments may see higher costs.
A $2,000 average potential bill for out-of-network care, and prevalence of out-of-network “surgical assistants,” shows a need for national policy changes, researchers say.
Nearly half of adults in their 50s and early 60s aren’t sure they’ll be able to afford health insurance after they retire, and two-thirds worry about the potential effects of health policy changes.