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Physician Measurement: Good in Theory but Not in Practice

Most issues in health care are replete with nuance rather than absolutes. I was reminded of this recently at the National Physician Alliance’s (NPA) 2014 Annual Conference & Transforming Healthcare Summit. NPA is considered a “progressive” physician leadership organization. It champions transparency in the disclosure of conflicts of interest, health care reform and avoiding waste […]

Eating Chocolate and Other Lessons from the ABIM Foundation Forum

This post originally appeared on FutureDocsBlog.com. Every year, the ABIM Foundation convenes a set of thought leaders on American health care to answer the tough questions. At first glance, this year’s meeting had the same standard agenda – talks and discussions followed by networking and informal activities. However, for some reason, this Forum was more exhausting. Perhaps trying […]

On Location at the 2013 ABIM Foundation Forum

Not surprisingly, this year’s Forum “Purpose vs. Payment – Motivating Change in Health Care” was much more than a simple conversation about extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Finding ways to motivate physicians and others in health care to take on the issue of reigning in costs is as complex as the population for which they care.

Selling Proton Therapy to the Public: High Costs Without Benefit

Arriving in a train station in a Northeast city the other day, I was struck by the number of advertisements for proton therapy at a local academic medical center (AMC) plastered throughout the station and in local subways. The ads feature a bicycle racer with the tag line: “THE WIND IN YOUR FACE IS WORTH […]

Recommended Reading: November 24 – 30

This week’s Recommended Reading features articles on low-value health care services in both the United States and Australia, along with a piece on emotional support for physicians coping with medical errors and adverse events: In a new Archives of Internal Medicine article, the authors report that diagnostic tests are frequently repeated among Medicare beneficiaries. Such […]

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 […]

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.

Reflections on the ABIM Foundation Professionalism Article Prize

This year, the ABIM Foundation awarded the second annual Professionalism Article Prizes. Throughout 2011, Foundation staff tracked the medical professionalism literature, which was comprised of over 100 articles. We appreciate the work of the winning authors, along with all the authors who published articles on professionalism this year. The Professionalism Article Prize provides needed recognition […]

Trying to Make Professionalism Real And Parsimonious

There has been a lot of both positive and negative reaction by physicians and others to the recently released American College of Physicians (ACP) Ethics Manual that states: “Physicians have a responsibility to practice effective and efficient health care and to use health care resources responsibly. Parsimonious care that utilizes the most efficient means to […]

Exploring What Works to Improve Care: Hold the Money, Pass the Praise

On November 18th, the American Board of Internal Medicine, through a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the ABIM Foundation, conducted a conference entitled, “Physician Level Assessment and Recognition: What Works?” The basis of the conference was a yet-to-be-published systematic literature review that compares the efficacy […]