Before we allow others to implement policies attempting to optimize the use of physician time or reduce the amount of equivocal or inappropriate care, we need to understand what physicians think about these issues and what they are prepared to do about them, writes Robert H. Brook.
Jun 17, 2012 ABIM Foundation's Medical Professionalism Blog
Providing physicians with cost data in real time automatically as a part of the electronic medical record could make them better purchasers for their patients and provide better value, writes Robert H. Brook.
Feb 22, 2012 The Journal of the American Medical Association
Most will agree with the undeniable fact that a new era in US medicine and US health care begins in less than 2 years. The key question is what potential measures should be monitored to determine both anticipated and unanticipated effects of the new law on the health of the US population, writes Robert H. Brook.
Jan 4, 2012 The Journal of the American Medical Association
Can the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Become Relevant to Controlling Medical Costs and Improving Value?
A scientific and political case could be made to amend health care legislation to require that cost be included in the studies that the PCORI funds, writes Robert H. Brook.
Nov 9, 2011 The Journal of the American Medical Association
Because the budget crisis is really a crisis, it behooves physicians to answer the waste question as rapidly as possible. Without an answer, there is no hope that an appropriate policy process for reining in health care costs will be identified, writes Robert H. Brook.
Aug 9, 2011 The Journal of the American Medical Association
The movement toward reporting results of surgeons and hospitals will probably lead to a society in which the wealthy receive care from the better hospitals and physicians, writes Robert H. Brook.
Jan 12, 2011 The Journal of the American Medical Association
Pay for performance, transparency, and other innovative ways of compensating physicians will work only if, at the same time, the system for providing care is changed to one that has clear objectives and provides specific tools to help physicians achieve those objectives, writes Robert H. Brook.
Aug 18, 2010 The Journal of the American Medical Association
It is time for physicians to think beyond making their institution, practice, or professional society better. The population needs, and deserves, such leadership, writes Robert H. Brook.
Jul 28, 2010 The Journal of the American Medical Association
If patients do not take prescribed medications, are not appropriately vaccinated, or do not obtain preventive screening tests, they may incur costs that others will need to subsidize, writes Robert Brook.
Jun 9, 2010 The Journal of the American Medical Association
Increased health care coverage raises issues in addition to cost containment. Increased coverage will mean increased demand for primary care physicians, writes Robert Brook.
Apr 21, 2010 The Journal of the American Medical Association
It is time for a change before innovative medical researchers develop a new array of tests and measurements, making it even less likely that physicians will have the right answer, writes Robert Brook.
Jan 27, 2010 The Journal of the American Medical Association
Successful health care reform may provide virtually all individuals in the United States an adequate health insurance package. However, the need to increase value for health care dollars will extend far beyond the current policy window, writes Robert Brook.
Oct 7, 2009 The Journal of the American Medical Association
The appropriateness assessment system is a concrete way the medical profession could respond to the need to produce more efficient and effective care, writes Robert Brook.
Sep 2, 2009 The Journal of the American Medical Association
Since the government is using taxpayer dollars to fund the comparative effectiveness initiative, it would be appropriate to have an organizing principle to guide the selection of which aspects of medical care to examine, writes Robert Brook.
Jul 8, 2009 The Journal of the American Medical Association
It is time for physicians to commit as a profession to helping the President and Congress achieve the vision of a new health care system by improving the way medicine is practiced, writes Robert Brook.
Jun 17, 2009 The Journal of the American Medical Association
If the government is demanding transparency of physicians and hospitals, the very least the physicians and hospitals should do is demand transparency of the government, writes Robert Brook.
Apr 1, 2009 The Journal of the American Medical Association
As a new political window for health care reform is approached, building trust and motivating collaboration between community members and the individuals who produce information about the system is critical, writes Robert Brook.
Jul 9, 2008 The Journal of the American Medical Association