How can physicians and patients have the important conversations necessary to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time?
Choosing Wisely® aims to answer that question. It focuses 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.
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. More than 50 specialty societies have now joined the campaign, and 30+ societies will announce new lists in late 2013 and early 2014.
Things Patients and Physicians Should Question
Recognizing that patients need better information about what care they truly need to have these conversations with their physicians, Consumer Reports is developing patient-friendly materials and is working with consumer groups to disseminate them widely.
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Why is Choosing Wisely® relevant?
Choosing Wisely® is designed to improve physician-patient communication and help stem the use of unnecessary care that contributes to the high cost of health care. According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, more money is spent per capita on health care in the U.S. than in any other developed country. Plus, health care spending is expected to account for 19.8 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product by 2020 if current spending trends remain unchanged.
Choosing Wisely® recommendations should not be used to establish coverage decisions or exclusions. Rather, they are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, physicians and patients should use the recommendations as guidelines to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.