Seven Organizations to Participate in Choosing Wisely Initiative

[MMA News Now, April 10, 2014] Seven Minnesota organizations will participate in an MMA-backed program to improve physician-patient dialogue about health care services that may be unnecessary.

The implementation program is part of Choosing Wisely®, which the ABIM Foundation, along with Consumer Reports, launched in April 2012. The initiative has set out to encourage physicians and patients to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary and, in some cases, can cause harm.

The seven organizations include: Boynton Health Services, Emergency Physicians Professional Association, Integrity Health Network, Metro Urology, Ridgeview Clinics, Specialists in General Surgery and St. Croix Orthopaedics.

In support of the project, national medical specialty societies have developed lists of commonly used tests or procedures in each specialty that should be questioned and discussed between physician and patient. With more than 270 recommendations – and counting - the Choosing Wisely campaign is for all physicians. And Choosing Wisely has partnered with Consumer Reports to develop patient-friendly resources that complement the medical specialty recommendations.

“We have a diverse group of physician clinics participating who are working to incorporate the Choosing Wisely initiative and its guiding principles into their daily practice,” said Janet Silversmith, MMA’s director of health policy. “In a few months, we will share the experiences of these clinics with all Minnesota physicians. We hope to learn how to advance Choosing Wisely adoption in other practices and create an environment where both physicians and patients can say no to unnecessary care.” 

The MMA is one of 21 grantees promoting the Choosing Wisely initiative across the country.

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