Monday, February 25, 2013

RWJF: Reducing Overuse and Improving Quality

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded a $2.5 million grant to the ABIM Foundation to advance the Choosing Wisely® campaign, which aims to spark conversations between patients and physicians about the overuse of health care resources in America. The grant will fund medical specialty societies and regional health improvement collaboratives to raise awareness of potential overuse of medical care, and stress the importance of conversations between physicians and patients about appropriate care.

The grant will also strengthen the work of campaign partner Consumer Reports’ efforts to produce and disseminate plain-language information about overuse.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the release of a second wave of Choosing Wisely recommendations recently released by leading medical specialty societies. To date, Choosing Wisely has identified more than 130 commonly ordered tests, procedures or medication therapies that physician leaders say are overused in their medical specialty, and should be questioned.

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