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Teaching Residents to Provide Cost-Conscious Care:  A National Survey of Residency Program Directors

Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA1,2; Darcy A. Reed, MD, MPH3; Laura Loertscher, MD4; Furman S. McDonald, MD, MPH5; Vineet M. Arora, MD, MAPP6
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1Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
3Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
4General Internal Medicine, Providence St Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Oregon
5General and Hospital Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
6Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(3):470-472. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13222.
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Health care costs continue to rise, now accounting for nearly $3 trillion annually. Evidence shows that physicians who recently completed residency training practice medicine at a higher cost than more experienced physicians.1 To address this issue, the Medicare Payment and Advisory Commission recommended nearly $3.5 billion in funding for graduate medical education (GME) be reallocated to programs with curricula that train residents to practice high-value, cost-conscious care.2

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