The UCLA Department of Medicine will lead a coalition of six partners working toward a dramatic reduction in low value care. The coalition includes:
- Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS)
- LA County Department of Public Health
- LAC DHS Primary Care Practice Based Research Network
- The Wellness Center at Historic General Hospital
- Society of General Internal Medicine
The partners will focus on reducing imaging for nonspecific low back pain, pre-operative testing and antibiotics for viral-based upper respiratory illness. They will also promote provider awareness of and support for the Choosing Wisely recommendations and patient willingness to engage in shared decision-making about low value care.
Planned clinician interventions include embedding a clinical decision-support program into the electronic health record system, educating providers and offering links for physicians to the consumer-friendly materials produced by Consumer Reports. Consumer interventions will include educational videos and handouts (in Spanish and English) in reception areas and public service announcements on television, radio and social media.
** Watch a video interview with UCLA’s Dr. Catherine Sarkisian. **