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Lebanon — Preparations are being made to start construction on a $116.5 million addition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center aimed at bringing research from Dartmouth’s medical school closer to the physicians who can use it to treat patients. Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials expect to break ground in May or June, and construction will last two years, said Gail Dahlstrom,…
April 14, 2013
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West Lebanon — Finding new ways of empowering patients to make decisions about their own care will be among the top priorities for The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice under its new director.   Elliott Fisher, a longtime researcher at the institute who was made director earlier this month, said the institution would keep building on its strengths…

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Dr. Fisher is Director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the James W. Squires Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  He is also Co-Director of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. His early research focused on exploring the causes and consequences of the two fold differences in spending…
April 1, 2013
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Free market competition within the service industry is usually beneficial for all participants, especially the consumer. Aggressive competition amongst competitors drives innovation of new goods and services and also leads to bargain prices for the consumer. In a similar fashion, healthcare is part of the service industry and increased competition amongst providers should lead to cost…
March 25, 2013
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members agreed that doctors should give patients a better sense of treatment options for certain serious medical conditions. It perhaps was most famously and vividly demonstrated by Dartmouth researcher Jack Wennberg, who, a number of years ago, developed videos in which doctors with prostate cancer described the treatment options they had and explained why…
March 11, 2013
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An international scientific conference called Preventing Overdiagnosis will take place on Sept. 10-12, 2013 at Dartmouth, hosted by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in partnership with one of the world’s most respected medical journals, the BMJ, the leading New-York based consumer organisation Consumer Reports, and Bond University. Overdiagnosis happens…
March 6, 2013
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"There [have] to be financing systems [such] that it's very much in the organization's interest to improve care and improve efficiency," David Goodman, MD, co-principal investigator of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, told members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging Feb. 27. "Get the incentives right; behavior will follow as long as there's good…
March 5, 2013
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Elliott Fisher, who co-directs Dartmouth’s Atlas of Health Care, which tracks disparities in medical practices and outcomes across the country, pointed out that Medicare spending per person varies widely regardless of quality — from $7,734 a year in Minneapolis to $11,646 in Chicago — even after correcting for the different age, sex and race profiles of their…
March 1, 2013
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