The Journal of Healthcare Contracting recently interviewed Steven Weinberger, M.D., executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Physicians, regarding the unsustainable cost of care. For the full article, download the digital issue of JHC here:
The need to improve quality of care and to ensure patient safety are key issues facing the medical profession today. But there’s a new elephant in the room, which may be just as critical to acknowledge: the unsustainable cost of care.
Writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Sept. 20, 2011), Steven Weinberger, M.D., executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Physicians, calls for medical schools to teach residents the need for stewardship of resources and practicing in a cost-conscious fashion. “It is the responsibility of the medical profession to become cost-conscious and decrease unnecessary care that does not benefit patients but represents a substantial percentage of healthcare costs,” he writes.