With the national recognition and success of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the ABIM Foundation is embarking on a new initiative to spread implementation of our partner specialty societies’ recommendations regarding unnecessary health care.
Starting March 1, the Foundation will provide technical assistance for a select number of institutions looking to implement Choosing Wisely recommendations, with an emphasis on institutions that aspire to achieve 20 percent reductions. The program, however, will not require meeting that target.
“As we have moved from working with our initial grantees to a broader and diverse collection of health providers and health systems—and with greater knowledge about effective implementation strategies—our approach to technical assistance will differ from our previous work,” said Kelly Rand, Program Officer for Choosing Wisely.
“Seven years into the campaign, we have improved frameworks from lessons learned through implementation in a variety of care settings that we can share,” Rand said, adding that increased adoption of Choosing Wisely recommendations has allowed the development of a more formal technical assistance program of customized resource packages and consultation.
Under the program, the Foundation will offer curated resources and examples of implementation models in different practice setting such as hospitals, large multi-specialty practices, and small independent practices.
The curated resources would be enhanced with a three-part virtual consultation with Foundation staff: =
- Session 1: An information-gathering session that will enable the Foundation to provide customized guidance
- Session 2: A “check-up” after six months to provide additional advice
- Session 3: Help transitioning recipients into appropriate learning network activities
Technical assistance is also available to non-clinical implementation such as statewide and community education and awareness efforts.