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Millions of American families struggle to pay medical bills
e-Reports, May 14, 2012
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New project offers educational tools to raise awareness about costs of care Untitled document

Data from the National Health Interview Survey from January to June 2011 revealed one in three persons is in a family experiencing some financial burdens because of medical care. That comes as a new multi-year project by the ABIM Foundation offers you opportunities to learn, teach or mentor on core principles of cost-conscious care delivery.

Read more about the survey on the CDC website.

Medical bill chart
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

For your residents or CME events
Costs of Care is a partnership with medical educators at Harvard Medical School and the University of Chicago to create a series of web-based videos and accompanying curricula to engage trainees in graduate medical education programs. However, the trainings also can be adopted into CME conferences or resident education.

The training videos in the Teaching Value series will be released this summer and will focus on training practicing physicians, residents and medical students.

Videos will use clinical vignettes to illustrate core principles of cost-consideration, including how to communicate with patients about avoiding unnecessary care and reducing overused or misused tests and procedures.

Find more information on the Costs of Care website.

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