Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Incredible Shrinking Doctor
Proponents of evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness research and insurer incentives argue these tools can promote health and cut costs by ensuring that doctors are using "best practices" when treating patients. The common element in these strategies is reducing doctor discretion in treating individual patients in favor of the treatments that appear to have worked best for populations. The New York Times reports on UnitedHealthcare's plan to offer doctors an additional fee "to encourage doctors to follow standard treatments rather than opting too often for individualized and unproven courses of therapy, which can include the most expensive drug combinations." Read about it here.