Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dartmouth Atlas Mastectomy Graph

Geography and Elective Surgery: Where You Live Matters, According to New Dartmouth Atlas Series

The Dartmouth Atlas Project has released the first four of nine regional reports looking at the variation in elective surgery rates for 306 hospital referral regions across the U.S. The report shows that whether Medicare patients undergo elective surgery depends largely on where they live and the providers they see. Authors found that for many conditions, especially those where elective surgery is an option, the treatment a patient receives depends more on the physician’s recommendations than the patient’s preferences. Continue reading

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Michael J. Barry, MD

The Election Results are in and Shared Decision Making is here to Stay

President Obama’s re-election now makes it all but certain that implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will progress. With a clearer picture of the health care landscape ahead of us, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and our colleagues will continue to pursue the opportunities laid out in the ACA to foster nation-wide implementation of shared decision making (SDM). I’d like to point out two key organizations established through the ACA that we hope to work closely with over the coming years. The first being the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which cultivates health care transformation by finding new ways to pay for and deliver better care and better health at lower costs. Continue reading

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