The Medical Mutual Campaign

Get the right healthcare for you

Too much of a good thing?

Choosing Wisely® can help you make sure you get the healthcare you need.

Advances in healthcare have helped many people live longer, healthier lives. But healthcare is not “one size fits all.” For care to be high quality, it must be the right care for the right person at the right time. High-quality care is based on sound medical research and is not wasteful or unnecessary, does not duplicate care already received and minimizes patient risk.

Choosing Wisely was started by doctors who realized some commonly used tests and procedures are not supported by medical research and may actually be unnecessary or even harmful. United States healthcare provider organizations developed lists of Things Physicians and Patients Should Question. Reviewing these lists can encourage providers and patients to talk about care options and choose the best course of action for each individual’s situation. Choosing Wisely is not focused on avoiding care as a way to lower costs, but focuses instead on improving quality, avoiding harm and eliminating waste.

Medical Mutual has partnered with Consumer Reports to bring you Consumer Health Choices. The goal of Consumer Health Choices is to give you easy-to-read information from the Choosing Wisely campaign that will help you get ready for conversations with your healthcare providers.

Click on the tabs at left to get tips on talking with your healthcare provider and information on common tests and treatments. Reviewing this information will help you partner with your provider to pick the best treatment for you.

The material provided, including websites and links, is informational only. It does not take the place of professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should make decisions about care with your treating providers. Recommended treatment or services may not be covered. Eligibility and coverage depend on your specific benefit plan.

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Tests

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful procedures.

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

Drugs

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful procedures.

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

Procedures

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful procedures.

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

Imaging

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful procedures.

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

Informes en español

La mayoría de nuestros informes sobre fármacos, pruebas y tratamientos están disponibles en español. Hemos reunido a todos los informes en un solo sitio.

Consumer Health Choices videos

Our video collection reinforces the messages from Choosing Wisely and Best Buy Drugs. You can watch them here, share them, or view the entire collection.

 

Participating Specialists

National organizations representing medical specialists are working with the ABIM Foundation to help physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders think and talk about overuse of health care resources in the United States.

AAAA&I: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
AACT: American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
AAD: American Academy of Dermatology
AAFP: American Academy of Family Physicians
AAHPM: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
AAN: American Academy of Neurology
AAO: American Academy of Ophthalmology
AAOS: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AAO-HNS: American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
AAP: American Academy of Pediatrics
AAPMR: The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
AABB: American Association of Blood Banks
AACE: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
AANS: American Association of Neurological Surgeons
AASLD: American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
AAPOS: American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
ACC: American College of Cardiology
ACCP: American College of Chest Physicians
ACEP: American College of Emergency Physicians
ACMT: American College of Medical Toxicology
ACOG: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACOEM: American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
ACP: American College of Physicians
ACR: American College of Radiology
ACR: American College of Rheumatology
ACS: American College of Surgeons
AGA: American Gastroenterological Association
AGS: American Geriatrics Society
AHS: American Headache Society
AMDA: AMDA—Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine
AMSSM: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
APA: American Psychiatric Association
ASA: American Society of Anesthesiologists
ASCO: American Society of Clinical Oncology
ASCP: American Society for Clinical Pathology
ASCRS: American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
ASE: American Society of Echocardiography
ASH: American Society of Hematology
ASN: American Society of Nephrology
ASNC: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
ASRO: American Society for Radiation Oncology
ASRM: American Society for Reproductive Medicine
ATS: American Thoracic Society
AUA: American Urological Association
CoC: Commission on Cancer
ES: Endocrine Society
HRS: Heart Rhythm Society
NPA: National Physicians Alliance
NASS: North American Spine Society
SCAI: Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
SCCT: Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
SCMR: Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
SCCM: Society of Critical Care Medicine
SGIM: Society of General Internal Medicine
SGO: Society of Gynecologic Oncology
SHM: Society of Hospital Medicine
SMFM: Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
SNMMI: Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
STS: Society of Thoracic Surgeons
SVM: Society for Vascular Medicine