21 Organizations to Engage Physicians and Patients in Conversations on Overuse of Medical Tests and Procedures
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 21, 2013 Health News(PRLEAP.COM) PHILADELPHIA-ABIM Foundation awards grants to advance Choosing Wisely® campaign in local and regional areas in US
March 21, 2013 - The ABIM Foundation has awarded funding to 21 state medical societies, specialty societies and regional health collaboratives to help physicians and patients engage in conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary tests and procedures. Support for the grant program comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
The grants extend the reach of the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign in communities across the United States. Launched in April 2012, Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging physicians and patients to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm. Since April 2012, 25 medical specialty societies have created lists of tests and procedures they say are overused or inappropriate, and that physicians and patients should discuss.
Choosing Wisely grantees will work on projects to help educate practicing physicians about the recommendations from the specialty societies and help build physician communication skills to have conversations with patients about the care they need. Grantees will also participate in a learning network that will allow them to learn from one another and enhance the effectiveness of their programs.
"Physicians say they sometimes have difficulty saying no to requests from patients, even when they know a particular test or treatment is unnecessary," said Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of the ABIM Foundation. "Through the work of these grantees we'll be able to help physicians in local communities across the country be better prepared to engage in conversations with their patients about the care they truly need."
Examples of grantee projects include:
"There is a growing conversation in America about how we can improve health care quality and reduce overuse," said John R. Lumpkin, MD, Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Care Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Physicians play a leading role in these conversations, and we look forward to seeing how these projects will help advance the Choosing Wisely campaign."
The grants will run from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015. State medical societies and specialty societies will receive $50,000, and regional collaboratives will receive $70,000. The grants are made possible thanks to generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. RWJF also provided support for the ABIM Foundation to share best practices through a Choosing Wisely learning network and additional funding for Consumer Reports' efforts to educate consumers about the Choosing Wisely lists.
Organizations awarded grants include:
Better Health Greater Cleveland
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and Minnesota Health Action Group
Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
Maine Quality Counts
Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
Michigan Health Information Alliance
Puget Sound Health Alliance
Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality
Societies/State Medical Associations
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American College of Physicians
American Society for Clinical Pathology
American Society of Echocardiography
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
and Massachusetts Medical Society
Minnesota Medical Association
Oregon Medical Association
Society of Hospital Medicine
Tennessee Medical Association
Texas Medical Association
Washington State Medical Association
About the ABIM Foundation
The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. We achieve this by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org, read the Medical Professionalism Blog, connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter or Facebook.