The Nebraska Medical Association Campaign

Informed consumers making informed choices

Welcome

As physicians and the leaders of your health care team, we want to provide the best care possible while also making our best and sincerest effort to be good stewards of available resources.

Nebraska physicians and patients can work together to reduce unnecessary and potentially harmful medical tests, resulting in better care and lowered health care costs benefiting all of society.

Choosing Wisely: Public Service Announcement.

For Patients

Patients can take an active role in their health care by educating themselves through the Choosing Wisely campaign and discussing any concerns or questions they have with their provider.

NMA physicians have determined the following issues as priorities in Nebraska. You can learn more here about other Choosing Wisely topics and in the full list of recommendations, organized by specialty.

Topics:

CT scans for children with head injury

Early delivery

Imaging tests for back pain

End of life care

Treating sinusitis

 

For Physicians and Healthcare Providers

Choosing Wisely is an educational tool to help physicians start a conversation about tests and procedures with their patients.

The campaign helps patients choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary

National specialty societies each identified tests and procedures that they feel should be questioned and discussed. Each specialty has its own list for frequently ordered tests and treatments that warrant a further discussion between providers and their patients.

We encourage you to visit the “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” document to learn more about the identified tests and treatments.

To assist in patient education, Consumer Reports has developed patient-friendly educational information. Visit here for more information.

Topics:

CT scans for children with head injury

CT scans for children with abdominal pain 

Early delivery

Imaging tests for back pain

End of life care

Treating sinusitis  

Screening for carotid artery stenosis (CAS) in asymptomatic adult patients 

 

For Employers and Insurers

If you would like to learn more about the Choosing Wisely campaign and how you can be involved, please contact Carole Bates at caroleb@nebmed.org.

 

Join the Campaign

In 2012 the ABIM Foundation launched Choosing Wisely® with a goal of advancing a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.

Choosing Wisely centers around conversations between providers and patients informed by the evidence-based recommendations of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question.” More than 70 specialty society partners have released recommendations with the intention of facilitating wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation.

Consumer Reports is a partner in this effort and works with specialty societies to create patient-friendly materials to educate patients about what care is best for them and the right questions to ask their physicians. Through a coalition of consumer groups like AARP and the National Partnership for Women and Families, Consumer Reports is ensuring patients get the information they need just when they need it.

The support of Nebraska physicians is crucial in the success of the Choosing Wisely program. If you would like more information, please contact the Nebraska Medical Association at (402) 474-4472.

Questions? Contact caroleb@nebmed.org