“Choosing Wisely” campaign launched
The ABIM Foundation has joined with nine medical specialty societies to develop evidence-based lists of tests and procedures for patients and physicians to discuss and question. The goal of Choosing Wisely is to help physicians, patients and other stakeholders avoid unnecessary and in some cases harmful interventions and reduce the ever-expanding cost of health care. Each participating specialty society will identify five tests or procedures whose use should be questioned. The lists will be announced in April 2012. The lists are modeled after the National Physicians Alliance project “Five Things You Can Do in Your Practice,” which was funded by the ABIM Foundation. Consumer Reports will also be participating in the campaign. One page factsheet here. Press Release here. Website here.
Posted on December 14, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged ABIM Foundation, appropriateness, Choosing Wisely, Consumer Reports, EBM, health care costs, medical harm, National Physicians Alliance. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
Sounds good to me. The real issue when it comes to health is cost. If costs keep growing at these levels, no one will be able to afford health care, period. We’ve got to cut back on whatever we can, because the middle class is going to be facing a disaster.