Doctor groups pinpoint top sources of unnecessary care

Doctor groups pinpoint top sources of unnecessary care

Nine physician specialty societies collectively representing about 375,000 physicians nationwide  released a list of five procedures or tests for each of the nine specialties that they think their colleagues should think twice before ordering.  Information like this affects Seniors everywhere, including San Diego County.  In-home caregivers, whether family members or professional caregivers provided by private duty in-home care agency companies like A Servant’s Heart, should stay up to date on developments like this in order to be aware of such trends that affect the elders that they are protecting and serving.

Examples of tests and procedures identified by the groups as being overused without necessarily benefiting patients (or the healthcare system) included the following:

  • Screening for osteoporosis with dual energy X-ray absorptiometry in women under 65 and men under 70
  • CT scans or antibiotics for chronic sinusitis
  • Chest X-rays prior to outpatient surgery when the patient has an unremarkable history and physical exam
  • Routine cancer screenings for dialysis patients with short life expectancies or no symptoms of cancer

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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