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Doctors unhappy about limits on procedures

(USA Today) Efforts to rein in health care costs are putting pressure on doctors to abandon outmoded or unnecessary practices and choose less expensive treatments, actions cost-control advocates say also can improve care.
Health care systems, insurers and government agencies are using sophisticated data to identify doctors and hospitals operating outside medical norms. The goal: to wean doctors off procedures that don't necessarily benefit patients.
The result is a narrowing of doctors' treatment choices, but advocates say that's a necessary step.
"The old thinking that each clinician gets to determine his or her own standards is really one we have to rethink," says Carmela Coyle, president of the Maryland Hospital Association. The aim "is to avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful care when and where we can," she says.
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