More than 30 specialty groups 'Choosing Wisely' against misuse


More than 30 specialty groups 'Choosing Wisely' against misusePhoto used with permission from Shuttershock.com

Procedures and tests considered heavy on the employ but lacking in necessity are slated to be blacklisted in coming months by as many as 30 medical specialty societies.

Keeping in step with the protocols of the “Choosing Wisely” campaign — an ABIM Foundation initiative determined to abolish overuse by asking physician groups to provide evidence-based lists of five tests or procedures that are overtaxing a given care realm — organizations like the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Society of Radiation Oncology have set dates for revealing the procedure culprits of their trade.

Starting in September, the latest list will be rolled out to the physician and patient public spheres, marking the third wave of list sets released under the campaign, which got its start in April 2012. Since its inception, 54 societies and 17 consumer groups have taken the “Choosing Wisely” vow and as many as 130 tests and procedures that have been identified as potentially harmful. 

"When the Choosing Wisely campaign was launched in 2012, we were at the threshold of a national dialogue on waste and overuse in our healthcare system," said Richard J. Baron, MD, president and CEO of the ABIM Foundation, in a prepared statement. "Thanks to the leadership of physician groups and consumer partners, the campaign has inspired conversations about what care is truly necessary in doctors' offices, communities, hospitals and health systems across the country."

It is the hope of the ABIM Foundation and other campaign representatives/participants that the lists will spur discussions between physicians and patients regarding the process of quality care and what treatments are relevant to that process.

Find below the specific dates and societies set to make their mark on misuse:

  • September 4, 2013 - AMDA – Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine
  • September 4, 2013 - American College of Surgeons
  • September 4, 2013 - Commission on Cancer – a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons
  • September 11, 2013 - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • September 12, 2013 - Society of General Internal Medicine
  • September 20, 2013 - American Psychiatric Association
  • September 23, 2013 - American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • September 24, 2013 - American Academy of Family Physicians**
  • September 26, 2013 - American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
  • October 8, 2013 - American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • October 9, 2013 - North American Spine Society
  • October 14, 2013 - American College of Emergency Physicians
  • October 16, 2013 - American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/The Endocrine Society
  • October 27, 2013 - American College of Chest Physicians/American Thoracic Society (Pulmonary)
  • October 27, 2013 - American College of Rheumatology*
  • October 29, 2013 - American Academy of Dermatology
  • October 29, 2013 - American Society of Clinical Oncology*
  • October 31, 2013 - Society of Gynecologic Oncology
  • November 21, 2013 - American Headache Society
  • December 4, 2013 - American Society of Hematology
  • January 11, 2014 - American Association of Critical-Care Nurses/American College of Chest Physicians/American Thoracic Society/Society of Critical Care Medicine (Critical Care)
  • January 16, 2014 - Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • February 3, 2014 - Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • February 10, 2014 - Heart Rhythm Society
  • February 24, 2014 - American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • February 27, 2014 - American Geriatrics Society*
  • February 28, 2014 - American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology*
  • TBD - American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • TBD - American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • TBD - American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

* Releasing a second list
** Releasing a third list

Find more information about the campaign and its latest advances here.

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