New Campaign Seeks to Curb Unnecessary Healthcare Services

With the cost of medically unnecessary care estimated to be in the billions of dollars, a new campaign is setting out to change the medical profession’s and society’s usage of healthcare.

Choosing Wisely, a campaign developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports and 9 medical societies, seeks to get patients and doctors and others in the medical profession to think and talk about overuse or misuse of healthcare resources.

During the multi-year campaign, each specialty society will target 5 common tests or procedures that each designates needs discussion or should be questioned. The parameters used to narrow the options include limiting the 5 to the specialty’s purview and control; frequency and/or cost of the procedures; and having evidence supporting each recommended target. The societies will announce their self-developed lists in April of next year.

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Source: Healthcare Finance News

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