Greater Detroit Area Health Council

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) has 70 years of experience leading multi-stakeholder projects on health care cost, quality, utilization and access. GDAHC will work with the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), the Detroit Medical Center Physician Organization, The Henry Ford Physician Network and others to reduce unnecessary care in the Detroit region.

The work of GDAHC will focus on reducing:

  • antibiotic use for viral infections among adults;
  • diagnostic testing for low back pain; and
  • screening for Vitamin D deficiencies.

As part of this work, participating organizations will integrate electronic and/or paper-based alerts into their processes when physicians order the aforementioned tests or treatments. In some cases, physicians will be required to provide further information if they choose to override those alerts. Clinicians will also receive information about their performance every six months.

The project partners will emphasize shared decision-making and work to develop communications strategies to support physician-patient communication and spread information about Choosing Wisely. The MSMS will educate physicians across the state about Choosing Wisely, and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association will spread the campaign among its member health systems and hospitals. The United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, one of the world’s largest private purchasers of health care, will educate its members in Michigan and beyond.


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