Choosing Wisely in Maine
Choosing Wisely® is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and support physician efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices. Recognizing the importance of physicians and patients working together, leading specialty societies, along with Consumer Reports, have joined Choosing Wisely to help improve the quality and safety of health care in America.
As part of Choosing Wisely, each participating specialty society has created lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” that provide specific, evidence-based recommendations physicians and patients should discuss to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on their individual situation.
Maine Quality Counts is leading a multi-stakeholder effort to develop a Choosing Wisely in Maine initiative that will focus on five major strategies for implementing Choosing Wisely across the state:
- Building general public awareness
- Engaging providers
- Engaging consumers
- Testing additional methods for implementing Choosing Wisely recommendations through a set of provider pilots
- Identifying areas to engage patients “in the visit” (i.e. within the clinical encounter)
Learn more about the Things Maine Providers and Patients Should Question
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