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A “Bright Idea” at the University of Pennsylvania

This post was written by Giffin Daughtridge, a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania and a winner of the 2013 Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition. The timing of the e-mail I received announcing the Teaching Value Choosing Wisely competition could not have been better. One week earlier, I had met with Dr. Richard [...]

The High Value Care Challenge

This post was written by Cheryl O’Malley, MD, FACP, Program Director, Internal Medicine and Steven R. Brown, MD, FAAFP, Program Director, Family Medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Drs. O’Malley and Brown were winners of the 2013 Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition. A little friendly competition is a good thing. We’ve seen [...]

Choosing Wisely®: Let the Sunshine In

The day we launched the Choosing Wisely campaign, one year ago, we never envisioned that it would attract the attention of so many physicians across the county. Choosing Wisely has become a catalyst for conversations between patients and physicians. It has provided tools to support both patients and physicians in the pursuit of appropriate health [...]

Choosing Wisely®: Continuing Conversations Between Physicians and Patients About Resource Use

In April 2012, the ABIM Foundation, Consumer Reports and nine courageous medical specialty societies launched the Choosing Wisely®campaign by announcing lists of tests and procedures that were prone to overuse and should be discussed between physicians and patients. Today, I’m proud to share that 17 societies are releasing new lists, totaling 90 new things that [...]

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 August 20 – 24

This week’s Recommended Reading features a call for wise health care decision-making, and also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Physician Charter: In a recent Annals of Internal Medicine commentary, Drs. Christine Cassel, Virginia Hood and Werner Bauer reflect on the 10th anniversary of the Physician Charter.  The authors discuss the impact of the Charter, [...]

Knowing the Cost: A Prescription for Choosing Wisely®

Still fresh from the recent ABIM Foundation Forum, I stumbled across a striking example of the need to integrate the principles of the Choosing Wisely campaign into our daily medical practice.  I stopped by the drugstore after work and while waiting in line for a prescription, saw a man who appeared to be upset as [...]

A Question of Worth

Costs of Care (Twitter: @CostsOfCare), where this post was originally published, is a Boston-based, non-profit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high value care. As part of the 2011 Costs of Care Essay Contest, more than 100 anecdotes were shared by patients and providers around the country that illustrate the role of cost-awareness [...]

Doctors, Not Financial Engineers

Costs of Care (Twitter: @CostsOfCare), where this post was originally published, is a Boston-based, non-profit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high value care. As part of the 2011 Costs of Care Essay Contest, more than 100 anecdotes were shared by patients and providers around the country that illustrate the role of cost-awareness [...]

Questioning the Price

Costs of Care (Twitter: @CostsOfCare), where this post was originally published, is a Boston-based, non-profit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high value care. As part of the 2011 Costs of Care Essay Contest, more than 100 anecdotes were shared by patients and providers around the country that illustrate the role of cost-awareness [...]