News and Notes

Our new video: Talking points

Want to quiz your doctor about that test, diagnosis or treatment? How can you squeeze your questions into an already rushed appointment? We know it’s not easy. So here’s our newest Choosing Wisely video, Talking With Your Doctor, with tips …

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Was that care appropriate? Share your story!

With so much of our healthcare spending — an estimated 30 percent — going toward needless tests and treatment, Consumer Reports has stepped up its efforts to highlight both the most effective health choices and to promote awareness of inappropriate …

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Share this video: More is not always better

One theme underlying Choosing Wisely and similar campaigns is not necessarily obvious to the audience: Some tests and treatments are wasteful, useless and even harmful. That’s not an easy message to deliver to patients and their families. They have come …

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Our growing Spanish collection

Thanks to our terrific collaborators at Health Research for Action at the University of California Berkeley, all the Choosing Wisely consumer brochures are being issued in Spanish as well. We’ve recently added many new topics to that Spanish collection. We’d …

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Three times as many procedures to question

In an important expansion of the Choosing Wisely campaign, medical specialty groups have released new lists of overused tests and treatments that patients and doctors should question. This brings to 135 the number of procedures that doctors have flagged as …

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They didn’t cover this in Econ 101

If you’ve ever felt a twinge of guilt for not asking about the price of medical care beforehand, don’t worry about it. Because apparently many hospitals don’t know the price either. The latest news on that front: Researchers who asked …

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Could that hospital trip have been avoided?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has organized a month-long effort to focus attention on the national problem of people returning to the hospital soon after they are discharged.  Care About Your Care aims to shine a spotlight on how hospitals …

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Taking steps against overdiagnosis

Consumer Reports is a partner in the Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, set for Sept. 10-12, 2013, at Dartmouth College. The U.S. spends more than $200 billion on unnecessary medical care each year, according to recent estimates published in the BMJ. Ever-more sensitive …

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Young doctors teach themselves to choose wisely

Patients who find time to ask their doctors about the cost of a proposed test or treatment are often wasting their time. Medical education traditionally avoids the subject, and medical billing is probably just as puzzling to physicians as it …

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