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10 Cost-Cutting Methods Physicians Support Most

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When it comes to reducing healthcare costs, physicians are most enthusiastic about promoting a care continuum and eliminating fraud, according to a new survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A total of 2,556 physicians responded to the survey, which was led by researchers from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic. The following figures reflect the percentage of respondents who said they are "very enthusiastic" about the following potential means of reducing healthcare costs.

1. Promoting continuity of care — 75 percent
2. Rooting out fraud and abuse — 70 percent
3. Promoting chronic disease care coordination — 69 percent
4. Limiting corporate influence on physician behavior — 63 percent
5. Expanding access to quality and safe data for evidence-based decisions — 51 percent
6. Limiting access to expensive treatments with little net benefit — 51 percent
7. Promoting head-to-head trials of competing treatments — 50 percent
8. Expanding access to free preventive care — 47 percent
9. Using cost-effectiveness data to determine available treatments — 47 percent
10. Expanding electronic health records — 35 percent

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