Value-Based Care

Opinion: The Business of Health Care Depends on Exploiting Doctors and Nurses – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“One resource seems infinite and free: the professionalism of caregivers.”


Prevalence and Cost of Care Cascades After Low-Value Preoperative Electrocardiogram for Cataract Surgery in Fee-for-Service Medicare Beneficiaries – JAMA Internal Medicine (free for a limited period)

Commentary: Cascades Of Care – American Council on Science and Health (free)

Related: Evaluation of an Intervention to Reduce Low-Value Preoperative Care for Patients Undergoing Cataract Surgery (link to abstract and commentary) AND Systematic Review: Routine Preoperative Medical Testing for Cataract Surgery (free)


Related Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)


Choosing Wisely Canada-Top Five List in Hepatology: Official Position Statement of the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL) and Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) – Annals of Hepatology (free)

See complete lists of low-value practices: Choosing Wisely U.S. / Choosing Wisely UK / Choosing Wisely Australia AND Choosing Wisely Canada

1 – Don’t order serum ammonia to diagnose or manage hepatic encephalopathy (HE).

2 – Don’t routinely transfuse fresh frozen plasma, platelets or give Vitamin K to reverse abnormal tests of coagulation in patients with cirrhosis prior to abdominal paracentesis, endoscopic variceal band ligation, or any other minor invasive procedures.

3 – Don’t order HFE genotyping based on serum ferritin values alone to diagnose hereditary hemochromatosis.

4 – Don’t perform computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) routinely to monitor benign focal liver lesions (ex. focal nodal hyperplasia, hemangioma).

5 – Don’t repeat hepatitis C viral load testing in an individual who has established chronic infection, outside of antiviral treatment.

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The Development of Pathways in Palliative Medicine: Definition, Models, Cost and Quality Impact – Healthcare (free) (via @Abraham_RMI)


Related Commentary on Twitter


How organisations contribute to improving the quality of healthcare – The BMJ (free)


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Why you should be a “medical conservative” – Lown Institute (free)

Original Article: Perspective: The Case for Being a Medical Conservative (free article and twitter thread)

“being a medical conservative means being skeptical about new medical advances until unbiased and high-quality evidence shows a clear benefit”


Survey Snapshot: Is Transparency the Answer? – NEJM Catalyst (free)


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Bundled Payments Are Moving Upstream – NEJM Catalyst (free)

“For bundled payments to fulfill their promise of delivering greater value to patients, bundling must shift toward the condition or person level rather than the procedure level”


2018 Update on Pediatric Medical Overuse

27 Feb, 2019 | 00:43h | UTC

2018 Update on Pediatric Medical Overuse: A Review – JAMA Pediatrics (free for a limited period)


Related Commentary on Twitter (Thread)


Five Warning Signs of Overdiagnosis

11 Feb, 2019 | 00:05h | UTC

Viewpoint: Potential Excessive Testing at Scale: Biomarkers, Genomics, and Machine Learning – JAMA (free for a limited period)


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Measuring the Value of Health

4 Feb, 2019 | 22:36h | UTC

Measuring the value of health – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (free)


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Solutions for non-communicable disease prevention and control – The BMJ (free articles)


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Doing things for no reason in the hospital – The BMJ Opinion (free)

“Many of the things we do as doctors continue simply because “that’s the way we’ve always done it,” says Abraar Karan”


Association Between Reimbursement Incentives and Physician Practice in Oncology: A Systematic Review (link to abstract – $ for full-text)


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Too Much Medicine: Not Enough Trust?

7 Jan, 2019 | 11:55h | UTC

Top 8 Healthcare Predictions for 2019

16 Nov, 2018 | 02:19h | UTC

Perspective: Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff

16 Nov, 2018 | 01:40h | UTC

Order Wisely®: Appropriate use of tests & treatments – High Value Practice Academic Alliance (free) (via @KariTikkinen)

Comprehensive educational program that reviews appropriate use of imaging exams, lab tests, medications, transfusions and procedures to promote high-value practice.


Nine ways research could save the NHS money – NHS Dissemination Centre (free)

New infographic series with selected NIHR Signals covering a range of treatments and initiatives that are cost effective.


Perspective: What the Tests Don’t Show

11 Oct, 2018 | 20:11h | UTC

What the tests don’t show – The Washington Post (a few articles per month are free)

“Many doctors are surprisingly bad at reading test results and/or fail to grasp how false positives work. This is putting patients at risk” (via @pash22 see Tweet)


Association of Same-Day Discharge After Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in the United States With Costs and Outcomes – JAMA Network Open (free)

“Same day discharge after elective PCI used infrequently (3.5%), while safe + associated w/ reduced costs” (via @krychtiukmd see Tweet)


Podcast: High Value Care

27 Sep, 2018 | 22:23h | UTC

Guideline for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis – Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (free PDF)

News Release: Updated osteoarthritis guideline designed to reduce unnecessary imaging and surgery (free)

Commentary: Australia hopes to reduce unnecessary imaging, surgery with updated osteoarthritis guidelines – Health Imaging (free)

““The Guideline for the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis,” offer up exercise and weight loss as a first line defense, and warn against costly treatments using glucosamine, opioids and arthroscopic surgery, said David Hunter, co-chair of the RACGP group responsible for the update.” (from Health Imaging)


The Community Health Worker Boom – NEJM Catalyst (free)

“The key question is not whether community health workers are effective, but how we can make them as effective as possible.”


Using a New EHR System to Increase Patient Engagement, Improve Efficiency, and Decrease Cost – NEJM Catalyst (free)

“Another solution might be to capitalize on patients’ vested interest in their own health care by actively engaging them in the entry of their own medical history information into the EHR.”


Podcast: Things We Do For No Reason

23 Aug, 2018 | 23:44h | UTC

Review: Overdiagnosis in Primary Care

17 Aug, 2018 | 02:10h | UTC

A Fear of Lawsuits Really Does Seem to Result in Extra Medical Tests – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“Doctors are known for complaining about how the malpractice system adds costs. But it has been hard to prove, until now.”


Management of multimorbidity using a patient-centred care model: a pragmatic cluster-randomised trial of the 3D approach – The Lancet (free)

Commentaries: Patient-centred care for multimorbidity: an end in itself? – The Lancet (free) AND Results of the largest ever multimorbidity trial in primary care challenge current thinking -NIHR News (free)

Related: Designing a High-Performing Health Care System for Patients with Complex Needs: Ten Recommendations for Policymakers (series of free articles on the topic) AND Multimorbidity: A Priority for Global Health Research (free report and commentaries)

“In the largest ever trial of an intervention to treat people with multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity) in primary care, NIHR-researchers found that the patient-centred approach taken improved patients’ experience of their care but did not improve their health-related quality of life. This is a challenge to current thinking on which UK and international guidelines are based”. (from NIHR News)


Helping patients choose wisely – The BMJ (free)

Related: The Choosing Wisely initiative was launched 5 years ago, and now has over 490 recommendations from 18 countries (free)

See complete lists from: Choosing Wisely U.S., Choosing Wisely UKChoosing Wisely Australia AND Choosing Wisely Canada

“One of the main barriers to tackling the problem of overuse is that doctors are concerned patients will find it difficult to accept fewer interventions. However, informed patients often opt for less intervention, not more.” (via @bmj_latest see Tweet)


QALYs in 2018—Advantages and Concerns – JAMA (free for a limited period)


Trying to Put a Value on the Doctor-Patient Relationship – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“In its push for profits, the U.S. health care system has made it difficult for patients to get personal attention from doctors. But what if hands-on medicine actually saves money — and lives?”


ASCO 2018: Shortening Adjuvant Trastuzumab to 6 Months in Patients With HER2-Positive Early Breast Cancer Is Effective and Reduces Cardiac Toxicities – The ASCO Post (free)

Commentaries: Test of Herceptin Finds Briefer Treatment Can Work, With Fewer Side Effects – NPR (free) AND Shorter drug treatment OK for many breast cancer patients – Associated Press (free) AND For Women With Early Breast Cancer, Herceptin Treatment Can Be Much Shorter – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

““For women with early-stage breast cancer who needed the drug Herceptin, 6 months of treatment were as good as 12, a major study found. Less risk of side effects, less cost, less time “being a patient.”” (via @NYTHealth see Tweet)


Lecture: How Less Health Care Can (Sometimes) Be Better For You (free Youtube video)

See also other CLUE Working Group Lecture Series (tweet with lecture links by @KariTikkinen)

“Editor-in-Chief of @JAMAInternalMed, professor Rita Redberg gave the 3rd CLUE Working Group lecture entitled “How Less Health Care Can (Sometimes) Be Better For You” at the Think Corner of the U of Helsinki” (via @KariTikkinen see Tweet)


Case managers improve outcomes for people with dementia and their carers – NIHR Signal (free)

Original Article: The effectiveness of community-based coordinating interventions in dementia care: a meta-analysis and subgroup analysis of intervention components – BMC Health Services Research (free)

“The review suggests that nurses may be particularly well placed to act as case managers for people with dementia, perhaps because they have the skills to perform the broad range of tasks associated with the role.” (via @NIHR_DC see Tweet)


Viewpoint: Adding Cost-effectiveness to Define Low-Value Care – JAMA (free)

“The Choosing Wisely initiative focuses on “no-value” health services. Cost-effectiveness analyses that include the incremental value and incremental costs of providing a health service can help us separate “high-value” from “low-value.”” (via @anupam1623 see Tweet)


Newly Revised: Curriculum for Educators and Residents (Version 4.0) – American College of Physicians (free)

News release: ACP introduces updated High Value Care Curriculum for educators and residents – ACP Internist (free)

“The High Value Care Curriculum (HVC) was jointly developed by ACP and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) to train physicians to be good stewards of limited health care resources”.


Why Right-to-Try Laws Are Dangerous

8 Mar, 2018 | 20:27h | UTC

Are Hospitals Becoming Obsolete? – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)


Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery versus conventional laparoscopic surgery in randomized controlled trials: A systematic review and meta-analysis – PLOS One (free)

“Despite higher operative cost, robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery does not result in statistically better treatment outcomes, with the exception of lower estimated blood loss. Operative time and total complication rate are significantly more favorable with conventional laparoscopic surgery”.


Medical News & Perspectives: How Value-Based Medicare Payments Exacerbate Health Care Disparities – JAMA (free for a limited period)


Up-Streamism: Health in the 21st Century

22 Feb, 2018 | 23:00h | UTC