Navigation Links
Tens of Thousands of Back Pain Patients Overtreated in Six Health Plans, According to HealthCore Study
Date:3/16/2009

s increased 65 percent -- more rapidly than overall health expenditures -- from 1997 or 2005; however, there's no evidence to suggest that the outcome of individuals with back pain has improved.(3)

HealthCore's analysis determined that a number of patients with back pain received inappropriate MRIs, X-rays, CT scans, and, in some cases, unnecessary surgeries. While the number of surgeries was small in comparison to the overall number of individuals with back pain, they greatly increased the cost of caring for patients with back pain.

"We also have concerns for our members' safety in exposing them to unnecessary radiation," Nussbaum said. "A lumbar spine CT, for example, exposes a person to as much radiation as he or she would expect to receive from 65 X-rays. When these procedures are unnecessary, they should be avoided."

The HealthCore study analyzed medical and pharmacy claims data for 172,377 members in WellPoint health plans in six states, and found that the majority of patients with lower back pain receive care for less than six weeks, which is consistent with previous studies indicating that most patients with back pain improve after six weeks.(4,5)

Some key findings from the study include:

  • 52 percent of patients with low back pain were treated by their doctor for six weeks or less.
  • Among those low-risk members treated for six weeks or less, 7 percent received an MRI, at an average cost of about $600 per procedure.
  • About $1.8 million could have been saved by the health care system if half of these members who received MRIs during the first six weeks of reporting back pain had avoided it.
  • About $1.3 million could have been saved by the health care system if 75 percent of those who received a second, and likely unnecessary, MRI avoided it.
  • Although less than 1,000 low-risk back pain patients (
    '/>"/>

SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related medicine news :

1. Mega Events in September Allow Heart Health Campaign to Reach Tens of Thousands of Hispanics During Cholesterol Awareness Month
2. Mega Events in September, Including Chicago Event This Sat./Sun., Allow Heart Health Campaign to Reach Tens of Thousands of Hispanics During Cholesterol Awareness Month
3. Prostate Cancer Awareness Week to Screen Thousands
4. Less invasive lymph node biopsy method could spare thousands unnecessary operations
5. Those With Disabilities as Well as Aging Population Throughout Country Now Have Access to Thousands of Specialized Products
6. Thousands of Public Health Experts to Address Leading Issues at APHA Annual Meeting, Nov. 3-7
7. Los Angeles Red Cross Aids Thousands of Wildfire Evacuees
8. Thousands Receive Assistance From American Red Cross Mental Health Workers Organization Provides Tips, Resources in Wake of California Wildfires
9. U.S. Pharmacopeia 8th Annual MEDMARX(R) Report Indicates Look-Alike/Sound-Alike Drugs Lead to Thousands of Medication Errors Nationwide
10. Left in the Dark and Facing Thousands in Rent Increases, Elderly Atria Senior Living Residents Protest; Call for Improvements
11. Thousands of Womens Basketball Referees to Wear Pink Whistles February 8-17; Calling For a Cure Program to Raise Funds for Cancer Research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/22/2014)... Va. (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 For Dr. ... to make money; it’s an extension of her life’s mission. ... latest venture as the owner of FirstLight HomeCare, make it ... “It’s important to me that my work makes a difference ... harbored an entrepreneurial spirit, so after much research, I felt ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... October 22, 2014 Hay House is pleased ... Addiction and Upgrade Your Life (Paperback; $10.82) written by the ... & Recovery. This book is meant to help readers ... life of recovery. , Recovery 2.0 is not the ... Recovery 2.0 is a guide for what comes next. ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 22, 2014 Losing Weight Your Body’s Way ... staring you in the face, it certainly can be difficult ... your body an extra favor by doing it the healthy ... diets. Instead, listen to your body, exercise regularly, and choose ... essential to losing weight; you need to exercise more and ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... HealthDay Reporter , TUESDAY, Oct. 21, ... length may be showing a genetic propensity for obesity as ... have been linked to increased body fat, but the same ... muscle, the researchers said. At 1 year, kids with ... and 3, however, these genes were linked to excessive weight ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... taken by Firestone officials at the company,s rubber ... spread of the disease there and could prove effective ... provides health services to about 80,000 employees, retirees, their ... Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 23, there were 71 ... That incidence rate of 0.09 percent was much lower ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Dr. Iris Hunter to Host Grand Opening of FirstLight HomeCare Tomorrow 2Health News:Hay House Announces The Official Release of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life 2Health News:Hay House Announces The Official Release of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life 3Health News:ReductionGuruMD Presents Ways to Improve Your Weight Loss Results 2Health News:Tall, Heavy 1-Year-Olds May Be at Risk for Obesity Later, Study Finds 2Health News:Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC 2
... Claremont Insurance,Services ( http://www.claremontcompanies.com ) and Cyntron ... innovative partnership to,market and sell payroll services ... the selling power and service capability of,employee ... revenue,stream for the broker and protection of ...
... May 9 The U.S. Air Force has paid ... a baby during childbirth at,a military hospital. The amount ... who suffered brain damage because of the negligence of,government ... attorneys., Aubrey Duckworth was born on September 4, ...
... May 9 Dakim, Inc., announced,today that 93-year-young ... and fitness, has signed on as a "brain ... Cognitive Fitness System, joining the,company,s efforts to help ... a touch screen-based brain workout program designed,to help ...
... Smart Balance Inc.,(Nasdaq: SMBL ) announced today Stephen ... will make a presentation at the annual,Goldman Sachs Consumer ... on Monday, May 12, 2008., Smart Balance,s presentation ... Only conference attendees will be able,to ask questions, but ...
... Keynote Address, WASHINGTON, May 9 More ... the world are expected to,convene at a five-day ... major,issues facing their profession today., Strategies for ... healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and emerging,multidrug-resistant bacteria are among ...
... GUANGZHOU, China, May 9 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China ... or ,the,Company,), a leading developer and distributor ... Chinese medicines (TCM),nutritional and dietary supplements, and ... it will conduct a conference call at,10:00 ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:New Payroll Service Expands Selling Power and Service Capability of Employee Benefits Brokers 2Health News:U.S. Air Force Pays Record Amount for Baby Injured in Government Hospital 2Health News:Physical Fitness 'Godfather' Jack LaLanne Turns to Brain Fitness, Becoming Ambassador for Dakim's [m]Power System 2Health News:Smart Balance to Webcast Presentation at Goldman Sachs Consumer Products Symposium 2Health News:APIC Conference to Focus on Patient Safety and 'Targeting Zero' Initiatives to Reduce HAIs 2Health News:APIC Conference to Focus on Patient Safety and 'Targeting Zero' Initiatives to Reduce HAIs 3Health News:China Medicine Announces Conference Call to Discuss First Quarter 2008 Results 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... BASKING RIDGE, N.J. , Oct. 22, 2014 ... (RMANJ), a world-renowned leader in the field ... more rapid approach to embryonic screening. The research ... American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in ... chromosome screening (CCS) and single gene defect (SGD) ...
(Date:10/22/2014)...  CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY ), a ... cardiac and vascular surgery, announced today that James ... has been elected to the Company,s Board of Directors, ... Anderson , Executive Chairman of CryoLife, stated, "Since joining the ... excellent leader who is well positioned to maximize CryoLife,s ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... CITY, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014 Abaxis, Inc. ... manufacturing point-of-care blood analysis systems, today reported financial results ... Second quarter overview: , Revenues of ... , Diluted EPS of $0.24, up 33% over ... , Service revenues from Abaxis Veterinary Reference Laboratories (AVRL) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:New IVF Research Highlights Improved Genetic Screening Approach To Help Parents Have Healthier Babies 2New IVF Research Highlights Improved Genetic Screening Approach To Help Parents Have Healthier Babies 3Pat Mackin Joins CryoLife Board of Directors 2Pat Mackin Joins CryoLife Board of Directors 3Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 2Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 3Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 4Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 5Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 6Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 7Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 8Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 9Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 10Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 11Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 12Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 13Abaxis Reports Record Revenues for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015 14
... Medical, Inc., the inventor of fingertip pulse oximetry and ... Novation has awarded a 36-month contract to Nonin for ... health care supply contracting company in the United States. ... highest-quality products that demonstrate the most clinical and economic ...
... 3, 2012  Bayer HealthCare is pleased to announce two ... Businesswomen,s Association (HBA). They were honored at the annual ... City on May 3. Mary Puncochar, Area ... Care, and Laura Schwieterman, Senior Brand Manager, U.S. Marketing, ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Nonin Medical Awarded Novation Contract for Clinically Proven Pulse Oximeters 2Bayer Employees Named Rising Stars by Healthcare Businesswomen's Association 2
Multi-sided, Sharp all around...
Rounded tip for even incisions reducing post-op astigmatism...
30 Pre-formed and razor sharp...
Designed for stab incisions...
Medicine Products: