Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and the Minnesota Health Action Group

The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) and the Minnesota Health Action Group (Action Group) both saw the value of the Choosing Wisely® campaign as a conduit to facilitate discussions among providers, employers and patients on unwarranted medical procedures. Their joint work under this grant allowed them to partner together to accelerate implementation of the campaign across Minnesota.

The two groups aligned with another ABIM Foundation grantee, the Minnesota Medical Association, to broaden their collective reach.

Results of this work included:

The Action Group included Choosing Wisely materials in its Patient Safety and Quality toolkit for employers, the programs for its annual Employer Leadership Summit, its quarterly employer newsletter and employer open enrollment meetings and wellness fairs.

ICSI surveyed members on awareness, presented webinars to providers and is incorporating Choosing Wisely presentations in its annual health care conference. They also created a tutorial to help clinicians access and use Choosing Wisely and Consumer Reports materials, and published updates in its monthly newsletter. ICSI included the Choosing Wisely logo in its clinical evidence-based guidelines where campaign recommendations are in alignment.

The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement is a leading health care quality improvement organization comprised of 50 medical group and hospital members in Minnesota and surrounding areas. ICSI’s mission is to champion the cause of health care quality and to accelerate improvement in the value of the health care it delivers to the populations it serves.

The Minnesota Health Action Group is a coalition of private and public health care purchasers dedicated to driving innovation, collaboration and engagement to improve health care and ensure the economic vitality of Minnesota communities.