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 works with 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 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.
The Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM) is proud to be a partner in the Choosing Wisely® campaign. The SVM is a nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and vascular interventionists. For nearly 25 years, one of the goals of the Society has been to maintain high standards of clinical vascular medicine. The Society believes that optimal vascular care is best accomplished by the collegial interaction of a community of vascular professionals working with the patient. The Society recognizes the importance of individuals with diverse backgrounds in achieving ideal standards of research and clinical practice. The SVM believes that partnerships between patients and health care providers are crucial to improving vascular health, achieving better outcomes and lowering health care costs. We are excited to participate in the Choosing Wisely campaign to encourage open communication about the costs and benefits of tests and treatments. We are committed to ensuring the most appropriate, cost-effective care.