The Lown Institute will be hosting their annual conference this December, where all invitees will focus on the issues surrounding the overuse of medical services and address ways of reaching the right amount of care. The organizers hope to discuss how to better foster conversations between clinicians, patients, and civil society; what people envision for health care 25 years from now; the reasoning behind overuse; and the global epidemic of overuse. Attendees can expect to participate actively in many conversations surrounding issues and solutions to overuse in the healthcare industry.
Last week the first major medical meeting devoted to the topic of avoidable care was held in Cambridge, MA. The two-day Avoiding Avoidable Care Conference was organized by the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation and the New America Foundation, and co-hosted by the Institute of Medicine. Attendees included experienced, practicing clinicians from a broad range of medical specialties, along with thought leaders in health policy.