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How to turn info into action?

The Choosing Wisely campaign is “an important first step,” but just identifying low-value procedures is not enough to change doctors’ and patients’ behavior, according to a commentary on the campaign, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors, three medical economists, suggest that a next step might be to adjust insurance terms to favor…

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Making a difference

We’re pleased to share the news that Choosing Wisely, the campaign that Consumer Reports has been working on in partnership with the ABIM Foundation, leading medical specialty societies, and consumer organizations, was featured in Medscape’s The Year In Medicine 2012: News That Made a Difference, announced on December 4. Such recognition of the Choosing Wisely campaign comes at the end of a year…

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Rating doctors, one state at a time

In a special edition of the magazine, Consumer Reports is publishing Ratings of 19 Wisconsin medical groups that, combined, serve nearly half the state’s patients. The Ratings are the result of a unique collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) with whom the medical groups have voluntarily shared…

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Taking steps against overdiagnosis

Consumer Reports is a partner in the Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, set for Sept. 10-12, 2013, at Dartmouth College. The U.S. spends more than $200 billion on unnecessary medical care each year, according to recent estimates published in the BMJ. Ever-more sensitive screening tests, combined with the broadening of disease definitions leads to patients experiencing increasing amount of medic,al treatments and…

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