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Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Choosing Wisely®: Kinder Ways of Thinking About Resource Use

The goal of the Choosing Wisely campaign is to encourage conversations between patients and physicians about what tests and procedures are, or are not needed. We hope these conversations provide an opportunity to talk about the benefits and risks of tests and procedures, including potential harms for patients. Choosing Wisely is about thoughtful discussions and […]

Recommended Reading: October 20–26

This week’s Recommended Reading features articles on Choosing Wisely ® and physician professionalism. In “Choosing Wisely: Low-Value Services, Utilization, and Patient Cost Sharing,” researchers from the University of Pennsylvania reflect on the Choosing Wisely campaign and ask, “But if it is difficult in many situations for patients to choose wisely, and if there are significant challenges […]

Recommended Reading: October 13 – 19

This week’s Recommended Reading post features the latest on overtreatment and pay-for-performance. On the Hasting Center’s Over 65 blog, psychiatrist and health care ethicist James Sabin argues that our search for “magical health care bullets” contributes to ineffective health policy initiatives and to overtreatment of patients. An Oncology Times article, “Controlling Spiraling Cancer Costs Called […]

American Health Care Depends on Rebuilding and Mobilizing Full Primary Care Team

Last week was National Primary Care Week and Primary Care Progress (PCP)’s co-founder and president calls all members of the primary care community to come together as a team both to deliver primary care and to advocate for it. Last week was National Primary Care Week, an annual celebration when members of the primary care […]

Recommended Reading: October 6 – 12

This week’s Recommended Reading includes articles on key professionalism tenets, including avoidance of conflicts of interest and wise use of health care tests and procedures. Authors of a new JAMA commentary cite the Choosing Wisely® campaign as one of several recent initiatives addressing the physician’s role in health care expenditures. They then call for a […]

Are Physicians Aware of the Choosing Wisely® Campaign and Recommendations?

For Choosing Wisely to make a meaningful impact in encouraging physician and patient conversations about reducing unnecessary care, the leadership and efforts of the specialty societies partnering in the campaign will be the key factor in achieving success. We continue to get examples from many of the specialty societies of how they are spreading the […]

Recommended Reading: September 29 – October 5

The latest installment of Recommended Reading features mentions of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, as well as our work in team-based care. In a JAMA commentary, ABIM and ABIM Foundation President and CEO Christine K. Cassel, ABIM Foundation Trustee Robert Wachter, and Mark Graber of RTI International argue that diagnostic errors must be addressed […]