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Choosing Wisely®: From Engagement to Implementation

A recent article challenged the Choosing Wisely recommendations around routine stress testing before low-risk surgeries. The article, “Stress Testing Before Low-Risk Surgery: So Many Recommendations, So Little Overuse” suggested the campaign’s partners focus on services with “high baseline rates of inappropriate care.” In her Editor’s Note in the same issue, Rita Redberg, MD, called for […]

New Fellowship Aims to Improve Value and Implement Change

Physician and patient organizations alike have increasingly emphasized the importance of improving value in health care and reducing unnecessary (and potentially harmful) care. Choosing Wisely®, the ACP’s High Value Care initiative and other programs have successfully stimulated interest and conversation, but what actual steps to take to improve value in hospitals is not entirely clear. […]

Five Reasons to Enter the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely® Challenge

We’ve feted the new year. Now it’s time to assess that list of resolutions. Through the Choosing Wisely® campaign, Costs of Care and the ABIM Foundation have resolved to continue promoting high-value care by reducing waste and overuse in health care in 2015. As such, we’ve launched the second Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Challenge […]

Professionalism as a Means for Improvement

Jeffrey Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH, a general internist and researcher from VA’s Center for Clinical Management Research and the University of Michigan Medical School has a method for implementing Choosing Wisely® recommendations. He relies on a behavioral economics technique referred to as “precommitment” which, in this instance, calls upon physicians to make choices rooted in […]

Adventures in Choosing Wisely®

This post was written by Amy Berman, BS, RN and first appeared on the John A. Hartford Foundation blog. I live with stage IV cancer—cancer that has spread to the far reaches of my body, an incurable disease, a terminal diagnosis. But if you saw me—if our carts randomly bumped into each other in the […]

Help Light the Path from Volume to Value: The Second Annual Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Challenge

Clinicians are increasingly accountable for delivering better care at lower cost. Despite the rapid evolution of the health care system, many of us still feel left in the dark. Fortunately, there are beacons of light scattered across the United States.

Henry Ford Physician Network’s Choosing Wisely® Competition: Breathtaking

Since the Choosing Wisely campaign launched in 2012, there have been definitive moments when it felt like what we’re doing is really moving the needle and that change is on the horizon. Never have I felt that more strongly than at the Henry Ford Physician Network (HFPN)’s annual summit, “Collaboration for the Future.”

Choosing Wisely®: Sticking It to Doctors Doesn’t Work

I received a call from a colleague affiliated with one of the specialty society partners of the Choosing Wisely® campaign who wanted to vent about Jeanne Whalen’s Wall Street Journal piece entitled, “Hospitals Cut Costs by Getting Doctors to Stick to Guidelines: ‘Choosing Wisely’ Campaign Has Physicians Weigh in on Standardizing Care.”  

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.

A Little Friendly Competition Sparks Choosing Wisely®

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” Who knew that Mary Poppins’ advice could apply to reducing waste in health care? Apparently, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) did. To get […]