Second Opinion over the Web

…………I was prepared to fly to Cleveland to meet with one of the doctors. Then I discovered a way to obtain a second opinion without leaving home. “My Consult” is a Web-based second opinion service offered by e-Cleveland Clinic, the facility’s Internet service. Patients who have received a diagnosis of any of more than 600 life-threatening Read more about Second Opinion over the Web[…]

Can Cost of Treatment Influence Doctors

…………..some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care………. …….Dr. Steven D. Pearson, a visiting scientist in the ethics department at the National Institutes of Health, said the move by some societies to incorporate Read more about Can Cost of Treatment Influence Doctors[…]

But don’t jump to conclusions from the Medicare Data Release

HHS is taking a huge risk in releasing this data in this manner. I don’t think that the AMA, as a whole, is against data transparency, but there are certainly detractors in that organization. If this data comes out and people publish a lot of half-baked stories or blog posts based on this data, it Read more about But don’t jump to conclusions from the Medicare Data Release[…]

Next steps in Medicare data transparency

The new data provides a better picture of how physicians practice in the Medicare program, and the payments they receive. This data contains information on more than 880,000 health care professionals in all 50 states who collectively received $77 billion in payments in 2012 for services delivered to beneficiaries under the Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service Read more about Next steps in Medicare data transparency[…]