Family Medicine Professor Wins Fulbright
May 2, 2011 – The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the U.S. Department of State have announced Dr. Dan Merenstein as a Fulbright Scholar.
The Georgetown professor of family medicine will undertake a six-month research project in Israel to study the overuse of medical tests on patients in a health care system that “bundles” reimbursement to doctors as opposed to the fee-for-service system used in the United States.
“Over-testing in the U.S. is believed to be a result of defensive medicine triggered by malpractice lawsuits and physician reimbursement schedules with fee-for-service leading to improper incentives for ordering tests,” Merenstein explains.
Merenstein says results from his study could help inform public policy.
He says combining over-testing that doesn’t improve health outcomes with a fee-for-service health system is an untenable model that should be examined as the U.S. health care system undergoes significant changes.
In addition to his role in the School of Medicine, Merenstein also is on faculty in the human science department in the School of Nursing & Health Studies.