News and notes

How to turn info into action?

The Choosing Wisely campaign is “an important first step,” but just identifying low-value procedures is not enough to change doctors’ and patients’ behavior, according to a commentary on the campaign, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The …

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A look at the Health Ratings Center

At the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, we’re getting a lot of attention right now for our work on the Choosing Wisely campaign. But  we’re equally proud of our other ground-breaking projects aimed at helping consumers understand and compare their …

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Patients’ unmet expectations

A new nationwide survey has found two significant gaps between patients’ expectations and their experiences. People reported that they are told about their medical options far less often than they want, and that their medical care appears to be poorly …

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Ready for health reform?

Consumer Reports has developed a brief guide to help people understand how the changes brought about by health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, will affect individuals and families, now and in the future. The new guide provides …

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How to do more, for less

Despite decades of medical advances, there’s a huge disconnect between what medical science knows how to do, and what America’s overly complex health care system actually delivers, according to a new report commissioned by the Institute of Medicine. The way …

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A focus on needless imaging studies

The overuse of imaging studies is not a new problem. It’s been recognized for years. One tactic that payers have attempted to use is simply to reduce the financial incentive, by reducing reimbursements. However, an even better approach might be …

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Best Buy Drugs fact sheets for farmworkers

Consumer Reports is pleased to announce a new partnership with The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) to expand the distribution of Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs information and materials to migrant workers and their families. NCFH has been working …

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Hazards in vitamins and supplements

In a new report in its September issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org, Consumer Reports identifies ten hazards that might surprise the large swath of American adults-more than 50 percent-who take vitamins, herbs, or other nutritional supplements. “Patients sometimes assume that …

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Rating hospitals for safety

Infections, surgical mistakes, and other medical harm contribute to the deaths of 180,000 hospital patients a year, according to projections based on a 2010 report from the Department of Health and Human Services. To address that problem, Consumer Reports has …

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Patient experience ratings released

Thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality program, for the first time in its history, Consumer Reports has unveiled Patient Experience Ratings of primary care physician groups. The Ratings cover nearly 500 practices …

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