The Minnesota Health Action Group Campaign

Informed patients making smarter choices

Members of The Action Group:  Let us know how you are using the information from Choosing Wisely, or contact us if you have any questions. 

Welcome to The Action Group’s collaboration with Consumer Reports

One of the ways that The Minnesota Health Action Group serves our members is through engaging and educating consumers in informed decision-making to create more affordable health care.  There is too much waste – misuse and overuse of health care services – in the U.S. health care system; by some estimates as much as 30 percent of what is spent.  Meanwhile, it is estimated that 40 percent of Americans don’t get the right care. It is important for patients and their physicians to engage directly about appropriate use – choosing care that is supported by evidence showing that it works for patients like them, is not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, it won’t harm them, and is truly necessary.

Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, helps patients and physicians engage in these conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and supports physician efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices.

The Action Group has partnered with Consumer Reports, the nation’s leading expert, independent, nonprofit consumer organization, which is working with the ABIM Foundation to provide resources for consumers and physicians to engage in these important conversations.  Through this partnership, our members have access to downloadable patient-oriented communications that will assist their employees in discussing appropriate use with their doctors.  Click on the Choosing Wisely tab to review and download the material you are interested in.  Some of the material is also available in Easy-to-Read and Spanish versions.  And, check back as more resources are added in the future.

Choosing Wisely reports

Choosing Wisely is a campaign intended to help doctors and patients avoid needless and even harmful procedures. ABIM Foundation and many medical specialty groups have created the lists of avoidable procedures. Consumer Reports has in turn created these patient-oriented reports.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to the user’s own device.

About this project

Patients can be safer, save money, avoid hassles and get better sooner if they know how and where to shop for their medical care.

That’s why Consumer Reports is collaborating with employers, associations, medical groups, coalitions and health-care advocates to distribute the best available information about doctors, hospitals, treatments, drugs and preventive health strategies.

With this information in hand, millions of Americans can make smarter decisions for themselves and their families.