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ER doctors join campaign to reduce wasteful care

Over the past two years, dozens of medical specialty groups have embraced a national campaign to reduce unneeded tests and procedures, with at least one notable exception: Emergency room doctors have been slow to join this push to cut costs and improve care.

But many emergency doctors protested the American College of Emergency Physicians’ decision not to join the campaign as too narrowly self-interested, leading the group’s leaders to change their minds. Instrumental in this reversal was Dr. Jeremiah Schuur, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital emergency physician who has implemented several programs to cut down on unneeded medical care. Schuur is also a member of an American College task force studying the issue.

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