Everyone is focusing on the escalating, and presumably unsustainable, increases in medical costs. When Don Berwick departed from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last month he estimated that 20-30% of medical spending in the US is waste—spending that provides no meaningful benefit to patients. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation has launched the Choose Wisely Initiative with 9 specialty societies—including the American College of Cardiology—and Consumer Reports to identify 5 tests or procedures in each field that should be carefully questioned to help reduce waste (see here for a recent news story).
Here is a chance for our community to contribute. Where is the waste? What could we eliminate without risking the wellbeing of our patients? How many good ideas can we generate?
Comments are closed on this post, but please join the conversation at our news story on the ACC’s and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology’s contributions to the Choosing Wisely initiative.