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Monthly Archives: September, 2012

Recommended Reading: September 21 – 28

This week’s Recommended Reading spotlights recent articles on the Choosing Wisely® campaign and other efforts to reduce unnecessary health care tests and procedures. In The Wall Street Journal article, Cause of Death: Medical Error and Overtreatment, Marty Makary, MD shares personal stories from patients who have experienced adverse medical events. Dr. Makary argues that health care [...]

The Institute of Medicine’s Report – Best Care at Lower Cost: Changing the Paradigm and Creating a New Vision for Choosing Wisely® in U.S. Health Care

On September 6, 2012, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a long-awaited report: Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America. Recognizing that our health care system does not deliver the quality of care we would expect based on the tremendous financial resources allocated to it, the report focused [...]

Recommended Reading: September 15 – 21

This week’s Recommended Reading focuses on the latest findings in assessing medical professionalism and assuring the provision of high-value health care. In “Assessment of professionalism: A consolidation of current thinking” the authors provide a review of the literature on professionalism assessment in medical education. They conclude that professionalism is best assessed longitudinally and “requires assessing [...]

The Language of Choosing Wisely

In my last post about the 2012 ABIM Foundation Forum, I wrote about physician and patient competencies needed in the 21st century to achieve the triple aim (improving the patient experience, improved health of populations, and reduced per capita cost of health care). I was inspired by the thoughtful conversations that took place at the [...]

Recommended Reading: September 8 – 14

This edition of Recommended Reading includes articles on the impact of payment on physician professionalism, the role of professionalism in quality improvement, and the latest on the Choosing Wisely® campaign. A new article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal explores how payment models affect physician behavior. In the article, Putting the Charter into Practice grantee [...]

Choosing Wisely: Harmonizing Clinical Guidelines to Improve Patient Care

When the original nine specialty societies were in the process of developing their recommendations as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, they asked ABIM Foundation staff how we would harmonize any that conflicted or appeared contradictory. Understanding the importance of each society’s contribution and respecting that they were the expert in their area, our response [...]

Costs of Care Essay Contest 2012: Stories from Patients and Their Caregivers Uncover Opportunities to Improve Health Care Value

As a presidential election looms and the American economy struggles to recover, the spiraling costs of health care have become a contentious political focal point without an obvious solution. Yet for patients and their caregivers, opportunities to get more bang for our buck present themselves every day. Over the last two years, as part of [...]

Recommended Reading: September 1–7

This week’s Recommended Reading features articles on initiatives and opportunities to reduce health care costs while improving quality and outcomes. The Institute of Medicine’s report on learning health systems, “Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America,” cites the Choosing Wisely® campaign as an opportunity to improve health care [...]

The “Other” Physician and Patient Competencies—What’s all the Fuss?

What competencies are needed for physicians and patients/caregivers in the 21st century in order to achieve the triple aim – better patient experience, improved health of populations, and reduced cost in high-performing delivery systems?  This question was posed at the 2012 ABIM Foundation Forum, Choosing Wisely in an Era of Limited Resources.