Eleven organizations will collaborate on an initiative aimed at combating misuse and overuse of healthcare tests and procedures. The campaign, called Choosing Wisely, will provide specialty-specific lists of tests and procedures whose necessity should be discussed among physicians and patients, according to a news release from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which leads the project.
Groups look to combat misuse, overuse of tests and procedures
Nine medical societies have partnered with the ABIM Foundation on the campaign, including the American Society of Nephrology and the American College of Cardiology. Consumer Reports also is a partner, according to the release. Each medical society will draft its own list of five tests and procedures; the full list set to be released in April 2012.
"By identifying specific procedures or tests that may commonly be ordered but not always necessary to improving patient care, we're kicking off an important and overdue conversation about making wise choices in healthcare," said Dr. Christine Cassel, president and CEO of the ABIM Foundation, in the release. "Everyone—providers, patients and others—plays a part in being better stewards of the system's finite resources."
The campaign is one component of a larger, multiyear effort to encourage better use of healthcare resources, according to the ABIM Foundation.
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