“Recommending That Doctors Weigh the Costs, Not Just the Effectiveness of Treatments.”

Have you ever discussed the cost of treatment options with your doctor? Probably not!

The New York Times article noted “The shift, little noticed outside the medical establishment but already controversial inside it, suggests that doctors are starting to redefine their roles, from being concerned exclusively about individual patients to exerting influence on how health care dollars are spent.”

“In practical terms, new guidelines being developed by the medical groups could result in doctors choosing one drug over another for cost reasons or even deciding that a particular treatment — at the end of life, for example — is too expensive. In the extreme, some critics have said that making treatment decisions based on cost is a form of rationing.”

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“Since Most Headaches Are Benign, Guidelines Recommend Against Routine MRIs Or CT Scans. Yet Doctors Frequently Order These Expensive Scans Anyway…”

Are physicians practicing defensive medicine or are we demanding unnecessary test?

The CBS News report noted “Among the reasons these tests are not recommended is that they can often find some abnormality, which although benign, could lead to further unnecessary tests and treatment…” “In 1 to 3 percent of people you will find something on the MRI, whether it be a tumor or blood vessel malformation. You don’t want to find something you weren’t looking for. It can be anxiety provoking…”

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“The Experience Showed Me U.S. Medicine At Its Capable, Caring Best…”

The New York Daily News article was a first person story of experience with the health care system.

“My plunge into the world of ambulances, emergency rooms and minor surgery came without warning, like a trapdoor opening beneath my feet. One second, I was skiing along happily in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains with my son and a group of friends. The next, I was writhing on the slope in pain — having wrenched my right leg in an awkward, slow-speed fall. In the blink of an eye, I went from a healthy and independent 52-year-old to a trauma victim in need of a lot of expert help from a lot of people.”

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“Would You Rather Your Doctor Won The ‘quality’ Contest By Doing Good List Management … Or Spent That Time Listening To You?”

An article in the Wall Street Journal noted “Quality” has been the buzzword in health care for a decade, but the worthy goal is driving health-care providers to distraction. All stakeholders—insurers, patients, hospital administrators and government watchdogs—are demanding metrics to ensure that money is spent wisely.

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Become a Mentor!

Are you interested in helping the Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) increase diversity in science and medicine by mentoring students in high school and college? If so, you would be joining the more than 100 Mount Sinai physicians, scientists, nurses, social workers, lab technicians, residents, and postdoctoral students who have invited students to shadow them in their jobs over the last two years. The students are selected after a competitive application process and must maintain a B average throughout the duration of the program. CEYE is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. To learn more, contact Alyson Davis, MSW, at 212-241-7655 or alyson.davis@mssm.edu.

Women’s Health Fashion Show and Luncheon

Designer Pamella Roland’s spring 2013 collection took center stage in December at The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Second Annual Women’s Health Fashion Show and Luncheon at The Waldorf=Astoria. The models wore jewelry provided by Chopard, and more than 500 guests enjoyed a luncheon menu selected by chef Mario Batali.

The event raised more than $450,000, which will be used to raise awareness about the importance of primary care in the prevention and detection of women’s medical issues, fund research on reproductive cancers, educate women about heart health, and investigate the relationship between gender differences and the environment.

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