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Reflections on the 2014 ABIM Foundation Forum

A week has passed since the wrap-up of the 2014 ABIM Foundation Forum: Rebooting the System for Service and Satisfaction, and I’m still buzzing from the incredible energy and enthusiasm of the participants in the room. The topic of this year’s meeting centered around the role of technology in medicine and obviously touched a nerve. [...]

Hold on to Your Heart

The following is a commencement speech given at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School’s 2014 graduation ceremony. Your institution has ceded to me the last 15 minutes of your medical school instruction – how should I use it? One more time through the complement cascade? Or, as Dr. Seldin might have it, a final [...]

In response to: Are docs Choosing Wisely?

On April 15th Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News published a thoughtful article examining the Choosing Wisely campaign. This type of analysis is a critical part of the transparent, honest dialogue about the issues of unnecessary medical care that we have sought to encourage since launching the campaign. That said, we think it is unfortunately [...]

Choosing Wisely® Utah Town Hall: Voices Reflect Gains in the Campaign

On March 27, HealthInsight Utah hosted a town hall on the campus of the University of Utah. HealthInsight Utah is a sub-grantee of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to the ABIM Foundation to increase awareness of the Choosing Wisely campaign at the local level. They are one of 21 grantees who are all pursuing [...]

Choosing Wisely®: What Should the First Wedge Be?

At the 2011 ABIM Foundation Forum, Don Berwick gave a powerful talk on reducing waste in health care spending by targeting “wedges.” The wedges concept comes from environmental science research on reducing the trajectories of carbon dioxide levels over time. In their study, researchers concluded that there is no one magic solution–the problem must be [...]

The Evidence of Choosing Wisely®

In his recent BMJ feature article, “The challenge of doing less,” Owen Dyer points out that the process employed by the Choosing Wisely® campaign has attracted criticism. In the article, Russell Harris, Director of University of North Carolina’s Center for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services, states, “We did a systematic review and found that overall, [...]

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 [...]

Challenges and Opportunities in Medical Professionalism: A Message from New ABIM Foundation President and CEO Richard J. Baron, MD

Early last month, I took over as President and CEO of the ABIM Foundation. I write this post to reflect on the incredible privilege and opportunity I’ve been given to help advance the Foundation’s mission. After a decade of inspiring leadership from Christine Cassel, the Foundation has accomplished towering achievements that include the Choosing Wisely® campaign [...]

One Group’s Commitment to Putting Choosing Wisely® into Practice

In April 2012, as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announced its list of five tests and procedures where the risks did not exceed the benefits. Two recommendations ASCO included on its lists were: Don’t perform PET, CT and radionuclide bone scans in the staging of early breast cancer [...]

Medical Educators Need to Take Charge and Help Deflate Medical Bills

At a time when one in three Americans report difficulty paying medical bills, up to $750 billion is being spent on care that does not help patients become healthier. Although physicians are routinely required to manage expensive resources, traditional medical training offers few opportunities to learn how to deliver the highest quality care at the [...]