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Competition at #ABIMF2014 – What Did It Teach Us?

This year’s Forum, Rebooting the System for Service and Satisfaction, addressed elements of the clinical environment that foster or inhibit the quality of patient care and clinicians’ joy in practice. The 150 invitees, all leaders in health care, discussed the unintended consequences of health care technology—particularly electronic health records (EHRs)—on performance measurement and improvement. Based [...]

2014 ABIM Foundation Forum: Rebooting the System for Service and Satisfaction #ABIMF2014

From August 3-5, over 150 national leaders representing consumer groups, physician organizations, medical students and residents, policymakers, accreditors, certifying boards, journal editors, researchers, health plans and employers will discuss the positive and negative consequences of technological innovations in medicine and associated regulations on patient care and the effect on physician well-being. Individuals with acute or [...]

Public Citizen versus HealthFair, Inc.

I recently received an e-mail from a frustrated physician who expressed his concerns to me about HealthFair, a company providing screening services at his local academic medical center. Tuned into the Choosing Wisely® campaign, the physician claimed the cardiovascular screenings HealthFair was offering (echocardiograms and electrocardiograms) went against the specialty societies’ recommendations.

Social Justice and Choosing Wisely®: Radical Idea or Basic Tenet?

This past April, the Choosing Wisely campaign celebrated its second anniversary. As is the case with the passing of any milestone, I have been reflecting on what the campaign has achieved and what we have yet to accomplish. It also made me take stock of the environment in which we incubated this concept and launched [...]

Teaching Professionalism: What are the Best Ways of Understanding Medical Professionalism?

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new textbook sponsored by the ABIM Foundation entitled Understanding Professionalism, written by Shiphra Ginsberg, MD, Fred Hafferty, PhD, Foundation trustee Wendy Levinson, MD, and former trustee Catherine Lucey, MD. While the book’s subject matter is not new to medical education curricula, the way it presents professionalism [...]

Impressions on Choosing Wisely®’s Global Expansion

As noted in a previous blog post, Choosing Wisely is gaining traction abroad. Global initiatives include Choosing Wisely Canada, Choosing Wisely Netherlands and “Slow Medicine” in Italy.  I am fascinated by the different ways other countries are promoting the campaign to physicians and patients, and leveraging it to tackle issues prevalent in their particular health systems.

Malpractice and Choosing Wisely®: Lessons From My Hometown

I recently spoke to several health system/hospital quality experts and physician groups in Upstate New York about the Choosing Wisely campaign. I was looking forward to speaking about the campaign to a hometown crowd (I was born and raised in Syracuse) and an audience that included my former next-door neighbor, the regional president of Excellus. [...]

Choosing Wisely® Spreads to Training: An Exciting Development at Johns Hopkins Hospital

It’s incredible to see Choosing Wisely spread throughout delivery systems, local communities and internationally. To see it grow in residency programs gives me particular joy knowing that the next generation of physicians will have competencies in stewardship and systems-based practice that surpass the current physician workforce.

Choosing Wisely® Summit: Activism and Common Ground

Last week, 21 sub-grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation assembled at the Choosing Wisely Summit to learn from each other, advance skills to spread the awareness of the campaign and plan for the future. The event was a great success; I felt that all of the grantees were re-energized after sharing their stories and [...]

Choosing Wisely® Summit: Making Connections

On April 30, 21 diverse organizations will convene to present their findings and learn from each other about ways to advance the Choosing Wisely campaign at the local level. The ten regional health collaboratives and eleven specialty societies and state medical associations are sub-grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and dedicated to improving [...]