BREAK THIS PRACTICE HABIT

Health care costs matter to patients, and we can do something about it

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The bottom line

ObGyns and other health care providers are concerned about providing high-value care to patients and are working toward improving performance in this area. We really do care about the health care–related financial burdens that confront Ms. M., the premature twins’ parents, and all our patients.

With this article we debut a new series, “Break This Practice Habit,” spearheaded by Dr. Lauren Demosthenes, who makes overarching high value cost decisions in her role as Medical Director of High Value Care and Innovation, Department of ObGyn at Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina. Watch for quarterly case presentations of low value, low evidence practices that should be questioned in current day, followed by reasons why that practice should be abandoned. If you would like to contribute to this series, please submit your query to Dr. Demosthenes at ldemosthenes@mdedge.com. Watch next time for an examination of the practice of uterine aspiration in the operating room, and read the authors’ argument as to why it should be moved to the office setting.

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