National medical specialty societies as well as organizations representing other members of the clinical care team are working with the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports to help providers, patients and other health care stakeholders think and talk about overuse of health care resources in the United States.
Participating clinician groups are asked to:
- Create list of practices that are overused, following these guidelines:
- Practices should be used frequently and/or carry a significant cost.
- There should be generally-accepted evidence to support each recommendation.
- Each item should be within the purview and control of the organization’s members.
- The process should be thoroughly documented and publicly available upon request.
- Review and update list on an annual basis to ensure that it continues to reflect the best evidence; in addition, review and update list as needed upon publication of new evidence that contradicts one or more society recommendations.
Consumer Reports also works with many of the specialty society partners to develop patient-friendly materials from the lists of recommendations and disseminate them to consumers through a network of Choosing Wisely consumer partners.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is proud to partner with the Choosing Wisely® campaign to raise awareness of inappropriate, wasteful clinical actions that harm patients and lead to costly healthcare. Supporting the aims of Choosing Wisely®, IDSA is committed to evidenced-based medicine and develops clinical practice guidelines that inform the use of high-quality, truly necessary medicine. Founded in 1963, IDSA represents more than 10,000 infectious diseases physicians and scientists devoted to patient care, prevention, population health, education and research in the area of infectious disease (ID). Our members care for patients of all ages with serious infections, including meningitis, pandemic influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, surgical infections, immunocompromised cancer or transplant patients who have life threatening infections caused by uncommon or drug-resistant microorganisms, HIV and AIDS patients, and new and emerging infections, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Ebola. For more information on infectious diseases specialists and IDSA, please visit the IDSA website.
The National Physicians Alliance (NPA) is proud to be a partner in the Choosing Wisely® campaign, because the best way to solve the problem of high-cost medical care is first to ensure high-quality care, emphasizing value over volume. The Choosing Wisely campaign, an expansion of the NPA’s Good Stewardship Project funded by the ABIM Foundation, is building momentum across medical specialties for evidence-based treatment decisions. Founded in 2005, the NPA represents physicians across medical specialties who share a commitment to professional integrity and high-quality, affordable health care for all. The NPA creates research and education programs that promote health and foster active engagement of physicians with their communities. Through evidence-based practice, responsible stewardship of resources, cross-specialty collaboration and coalition work with consumers, we seek to make our health care system as safe, responsive and effective as possible. Believing that the best way to win public trust is to earn it, the organization accepts no funding from pharmaceutical or medical device companies.
The North American Spine Society (NASS) is pleased to join the Choosing Wisely® campaign effort to bring quality, cost-effective care to all patients. NASS is comprised of more than 7,500 members from several disciplines, including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, physiatry, pain management, neurology, radiology, anesthesiology, research, physical therapy and other spine care professions. The Choosing Wisely campaign supports NASS’ mission to foster the highest-quality, evidence-based and ethical spine care by promoting education, research and advocacy. This campaign will encourage active discussion between physicians and patients about the most appropriate care, based on the patient’s situation and the very latest in research and treatment. NASS’ commitment to high quality, safe spine care is conveyed through the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and appropriateness use criteria, supporting multidisciplinary spine care research, advocating on behalf of members and patients on issues affecting spine care, and providing a venue for the presentation of research, techniques, current concepts and new technologies related to spine care.
Founded in 2001, the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) was started by a group of dedicated volunteers who saw a need for a new way of thinking. The SABM founders realized that blood management ought to be the standard of care, and that blood transfusion should be viewed as the alternative. Today, SABM is recognized as a key educational resource for patient blood management. SABM is grounded in scientific validation, evidence-based practices and focused on promoting the patients’ best interest through effective and optimal blood management.
SABM defines its mission as the improvement of health outcomes by advancing comprehensive patient blood management practices, promoting innovative research, and providing quality professional and public education.
Given our mission and message, SABM is truly honored and proud to partner with the Choosing Wisely® campaign.
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is the only U.S.-based professional medical society focused exclusively on adult and pediatric invasive/interventional cardiovascular care. For more than 35 years, SCAI has supported optimal patient care through education, advocacy and the advancement of quality standards. SCAI is a recognized leader in quality improvement and a proponent of efforts that help patients and their families make informed decisions about prevention, symptom recognition, testing and treatment. This is the primary goal of www.SecondsCount.org, SCAI’s comprehensive website that encourages collaborative decision-making between patients and their health care providers. SCAI is pleased to join the Choosing Wisely® campaign and looks forward to furthering its goal of promoting conversations among patients and physicians.
The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) is the professional society devoted exclusively to cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT). SCCT is acknowledged and recognized as the representative and advocate for research, education, and clinical excellence in the use of cardiovascular CT. SCCT is proud to support the Choosing Wisely® campaign. This campaign echoes SCCT’s commitment of providing optimal clinical effectiveness of CCT through professional and patient education, establishment of standards for quality assurance and professional training, and development of evidence-based guidelines to enhance patient care and improve the quality of cardiovascular medical practice. SCCT looks forward to collaborating with the Choosing Wisely campaign and the other campaign partners to provide the best care and education to patients.
The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is proud to announce that it has joined other prominent medical societies in the Choosing Wisely® campaign which was developed to provide the tools to enable patients and physicians to engage in conversations so they can choose the right test at the right time. Founded in 1994, SCMR is an international professional association of physicians, scientists and technologists working in the field of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging to improve patient outcomes through excellence in education, training, standards, research and development. SCMR has been an active participant in the development of appropriate use criteria and clinical guidelines whose purpose closely parallels the objectives of the Choosing Wisely campaign. Through the shared experience of its members, SCMR contributes to improving the knowledge of health care providers and the health awareness of patients around the world, leading to more effective health services delivery.
As the world’s largest multi-professional organization dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) enthusiastically supports the Choosing Wisely® campaign. The campaign integrates with the efforts of 16,000 members in more than 100 countries who are devoted to patient care, education and research. From heart attack and stroke, to severe respiratory insufficiency, overwhelming infection, burns and gunshot wounds, the SCCM recognizes the unique needs of the critically ill patient of any age—infant to adult—and strives to secure the highest quality care for all patients facing life-threatening conditions.
The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) is pleased to support the goals of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign. The membership of SGIM consists of academic general internal medicine faculty practicing, teaching and conducting research in outpatient settings as well as in our nation’s teaching hospitals. As leading teachers of the next generation of physicians, we are committed to moving the practice of medicine to a more evidence-based approach. We are deeply committed to using science to improve our knowledge base so that our patients can receive the best treatments, the optimal prevention care and the highest quality of life. We believe that the Choosing Wisely campaign mirrors these same commitments to the evidence-based practice of medicine for the benefit of our patients.
A proud member of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is the premier medical specialty society for health care professionals trained in the comprehensive management of gynecologic cancers. SGO contributes to the advancement of women’s cancer care by encouraging research, providing education, raising standards of practice, advocating for patients and members and collaborating with other domestic and international organizations. SGO has more than 1,700 members representing the entire gynecologic oncology team in the United States and abroad. Members include primarily gynecologic oncologists, as well as medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, hematologists, surgical oncologists, obstetrician/gynecologists, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, fellows-in-training, residents and other allied health care professionals interested in the treatment and care of women’s cancer.
As a leading voice in infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) strongly supports the goals of the Choosing Wisely® campaign and is a proud to partner in helping raise awareness of inappropriate clinical actions that can harm patients and increase the cost of care. SHEA is a professional society representing physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world with expertise in healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antibiotic stewardship. The society is on the forefront of the education, research, and guideline development for the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics, as well as clinical practices that reduce healthcare-associated infections, optimize patient safety, control costs, and reduce resistance to antimicrobials.
On behalf of more than 34,000 hospitalists across the country, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is proud to support the goals of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign. Hospitalists are at the forefront of making decisions that promote high-quality and high-value care for hospitalized patients. Together, in thousands of hospitals, hospitalists and patients are already making better informed choices about diagnostics and treatments that lead to the best possible care for the patient and limit unnecessary procedures. SHM’s Center for Hospital Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement has already delivered real measureable performance improvement at more than 300 hospitals nationwide. As the National Quality Forum and Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award winner for national innovation in patient safety and quality, being a part of the Choosing Wisely campaign is a key component of SHM’s goals to transform health care and revolutionize patient care.
Details coming soon.
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) strongly supports the Choosing Wisely® campaign. The SNMMI is an international scientific and medical organization dedicated to raising public awareness of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging and how they can help provide patients with the best health care possible. Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging can eliminate the need for exploratory surgery, providing a painless and safe alternative for diagnosing and treating patients. They can help physicians to diagnose, stage and assess the effectiveness of a treatment, allowing highly targeted, personalized treatments to be directed precisely at problem areas and helping patients receive the most effective and most cost-effective treatment sooner. The SNMMI believes that the right test should be performed and interpreted for the right patients by appropriately trained personnel on equipment that is operating safely. Thus, the guiding principles of the SNMMI are in close agreement with those of the Choosing Wisely campaign.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), founded in 1964, is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 6,500 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers and other health care professionals in 85 countries who are part of the cardiothoracic surgery team. STS members are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. STS is honored to be among the first surgical groups to partner with the ABIM Foundation in the Choosing Wisely® campaign. This campaign extends the Society’s strong commitment to quality improvement and patient safety. As a nationally recognized leader in outcomes-based research, STS is dedicated to providing scientific evidence and support for discoveries that will ultimately help cardiothoracic surgeons, government, industry and others improve surgical outcomes and the quality of patient care.