Ensuring Appropriate Medical Care

Ensuring Appropriate
Medical Care

Background

MBGH has partnered with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) and other national partners on their national campaign entitled Choosing Wisely TM. This national campaign has published over 300 medical tests and procedures that are routinely performed, but may be unnecessary for most patients. These lists were created by over 60 national medical specialty societies to promote communication between the patient and their physicians when certain treatments are being considered.

Outcomes

Employers are becoming more aware of the Choosing Wisely Campaign and gaining more resources to help share with their covered populations

ABIM Foundation Videos

Business Case for Employers

  • Health care expenditures are increasing at unsustainable rates1
  • Medical tests and procedures that have either been overused or misused in diagnosing and monitoring a variety of chronic conditions can cost employers
  • Approximately 30% of healthcare costs (>$750 billion annually) are on wasted care2
  • One third of all physicians comply to patient requests for tests and procedures—even when they know they are not necessary3 and physician decisions account for 80% of all health care expenditures4
  • As major health care purchasers, employers can be a key ally in transforming care by implementing the Choosing Wisely Campaign with their covered populations

1Commonwealth Fund National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011
2American College of Physicians
3Campbell EG, et al. Professionalism in medicine: results of a national survey of physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2007; 147(11):795-802
4Crosson FJ. Change the microenvironment. Modern Healthcare and The Commonwealth Fund [Internet]. 2009; Apr 27

Project Goals

  • Increase awareness of Choosing Wisely Campaign to health care stakeholders in the Midwest
  • To provide employers resources of the Choosing Wisely campaign
  • To help physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders think and talk about overuse of health care resources
  • To promote wise choices by clinicians in order to improve health care outcomes
  • Increase awareness of patient-centered care that avoids unnecessary and even harmful interventions
  • To help consumers become more empowered in partnering with their doctor to receive high quality care

Employer Opportunities

If you are interested in implementing the Choosing Wisely Campaign into your organization with MBGH, contact Judy Hearn for more communication tools.