| Posted On May 25, 2016 | By:

The Importance of Choosing Wisely for the Most Valuable Care

As health systems across the country shift their attention and efforts to improving quality care while reducing its overall cost, it is important that clinicians are able to walk patients through the potential benefits and costs—both physical and financial—of certain tests, procedures, treatments or screenings. Having an open, honest conversation about the care provided to patients isn’t always easy. While a patient may believe they need a certain test or medical procedure, their physician may view it as unnecessary or be concerned that the procedure itself could pose a potential risk.

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2015 | By:

The PSA blood test for prostate cancer: When men need it—and when they don’t

For years, doctors have used a PSA blood test to screen men for prostate cancer. The test measures a protein made by the prostate gland, called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

But the PSA test can do more harm than good. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Jun 25, 2013 | By:

Asking the Right Questions When You Have Chronic Kidney Disease

In the United States, 26 million adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which makes it harder for the kidneys to filter waste from the blood. CKD is an important health issue that can be under-recognized by patients and doctors, as it often progresses gradually with no obvious signs or symptoms until it has advanced to a late stage.  It is often linked to diabetes or hypertension, and symptoms include decreased energy, muscle cramps, and swollen feet and ankles. 

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