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Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Recommended Reading: April 19-27

This week’s Recommended Reading focuses on new recommendations with the potential to improve stewardship of health care resources: The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System issued a proposed strategic plan for community-based approaches to improving care and lowering cost for individuals with chronic illnesses. They estimate that creating 50 to 100 voluntary [...]

A Key to Success for Choosing Wisely – R.E.S.P.E.C.T

In my post, Fresh Air in the Capital and Throughout the Nation, I wrote about the important ingredients for initial success of the Choosing Wisely® campaign: Right messenger Right message Simple actionable steps Respectful and trusting relationships In this post, I want to address the last, fourth pillar for the campaign: Respectful and trusting relationships. [...]

Recommended Reading: April 12-19

The blogosphere continues to buzz about Choosing Wisely®. Below is a sampling of recent posts: Forbes notes that Choosing Wisely “has dominated health headlines since nine medical specialty boards recently announced their support…” David Katz, Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, calls Choosing Wisely Good Answers for Good Questions. Michael Barry of the Informed Medical [...]

Joining the Choosing Wisely Campaign

The Choosing Wisely® campaign’s focus is on developing conversations between patients and physicians and among physicians about appropriate care and smart decisions.  The catalyst for these conversations and decisions are the “Five Things” lists of tests and procedures where there is little or no evidence on their effectiveness in diagnosing or treating an illness. Through [...]

Recommended Reading: April 5-12, 2012

This Recommended Reading installment features coverage of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, which attracted television, radio, newspaper and blog coverage and set the Twitterverse abuzz.  Enjoy! A New York Times editorial asked, “Do You Need that Test?”  Former CMS head Don Berwick argues that, with this campaign, “Physicians Step to the Front in Health [...]

Fresh Air in the Capital and Throughout the Nation

Last week marked the start of a different type of conversation about the appropriate use and reduction of unnecessary care in the U.S. health care system. On April 4, nine specialty societies made public their lists of “Five Things Patients and Physicians Should Question.” Many national and local newspapers, broadcast media and blogs covered the [...]

Medical Professionalism in Action

As we all know, this is a time of great challenge and introspection in our health care system. Not just in terms of health reform – although that has been the catalyst for several critically important conversations over the last two years. I’m referring to a broader reexamination of how we deliver care in America [...]

Choosing Wisely is a Courageous Act

On April 4th, nine specialty societies will present lists of frequently performed tests and procedures that lack clinical evidence of their effectiveness – a poor use of limited health care resources. These specialty societies and the eight additional ones whose lists will be announced in the fall should be applauded for their great courage for [...]