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Reducing Healthcare Spending Waste Attributed to Aggressive Care at End of Life

Michael Mazzeffi, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine offers three strategies for reducing healthcare spending waste attributed to aggressive care at end of life

1.  ”First, the American Council on Graduate Medical Education should mandate that medical schools include education about end of life issues. Alternatively, state medical boards could mandate graduate medical education pertaining to the topic. . . .”

2.  ”Hospitals should also pilot programs that have mandatory case review for patients who remain in the ICU longer than 30 days. . . . “

3.  ”Physicians need enhanced education about how the legal system will treat them if they refuse to provide futile care. . . . [S]ome states (Texas, for example) have statutes protecting physicians from civil and criminal prosecution when they refuse to provide futile treatment. Other states should consider similar laws.”

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