The OPERS Campaign

Welcome to our collaboration with Consumer Reports

OPERS is proud to join in the Choosing Wisely campaign to help retirees make informed decisions about their health care. Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging patients and physicians to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm. The resources within these pages are designed to spur conversation and produce meaningful results. Being an active part of the healthcare team is critical, and we hope that the resources here help you become an informed and empowered patient or caregiver.

Choosing Wisely: All About the Choosing Wisely Campaign

In addition to the Choosing Wisely® campaign materials, Consumer Reports has also compiled resources on hospital safety, money saving guidelines and advice for caregivers—just to name a few.

Explore the tabs at the left for more information on how you can take charge of your own healthcare.

Be Aware - Common Chronic Conditions




Heart Disease

Advice for caregivers about treatments and tests for seniors

If you are caring for an aging relative or friend, you want to help all you can. You may urge the doctors to try every possible treatment. But as seniors get close to the end of their lives, “quality of life” may be more important than living a little bit longer.

This roundup of medical issues and tips will help you and your loved one make decisions about getting the best care.

We also provide a guide to palliative and hospice care.

Planning for treatment

Educational resources we created to help patients, caregivers and doctors discuss treatment options.

• Advice for Caregivers
• Alzheimer’s Disease Testing
• Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People
• Antipsychotic Drugs for People with Dementia
• Cholesterol Drugs for People Over 75
• Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Feeding Tubes for People with Alzheimer’s
• Home Oxygen After a Hospital Stay
• Kidney Disease
• Palliative Care
 Sleeping Pills for Insomnia and Anxiety in Older People

End-of-Life Planning

• Care at the End of Life for Advanced Cancer Patients
• Implanted Heart Devices at the End of Life
• Guide to Palliative and Hospice Care
A Beautiful Death

Consumer Reports Video

High Value Care

Medical Homes

Patient-centered medical homes seek to provide comprehensive, continuous, well-coordinated care to patients.


Hospital Survival Guide

You can reduce the chance for safety errors while you’re in the hospital.  Use the following guides to prepare for your hospital stay.

Hospital Survival Guide: Before Admission

Planning for a hospital visit can lead to better care and faster care. So use that time to take these steps.

Hospital Survival Guide: Checkin

Besides taking care of financial and insurance questions, make sure you take these five steps at your hospital check-in.

Hospital Survival Guide: Checkout

Six steps to help you get the right follow-up care and avoid being readmitted soon to the hospital.

Hospital Survival Guide: Checkout Checklist

Reduce your chance of being re-admitted to the hospital by following these steps when you check out.

Hospital Survival Guide: During Your Stay

These eight steps can help improve hospital-patient safety.

How Not to Get Sick(er) in the Hospital

Increase your odds of staying healthy by getting hospital staff to listen to you and treat you with respect.


Money Saving Guidelines

These guides help patients make effective, safe, money saving choices when purchasing or taking prescription medications.

Best Drugs For Less

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs’ in-depth guide to finding the best medication to treat your condition.

Generic Drugs: The Same Medicine for Less Money

A generic is a copy of a brand-name drug. When the brand-name patent runs out other companies can make generic versions of the drug. Drug companies spend billions of dollars advertising brand-name drugs, like Lipitor and Celebrex. But often you can get a generic drug that works just as well – and costs much less!

Getting the Best Price

There are things you can do to save money on drugs—and sometimes a lot of money.

Your Health Plan’s Formulary: The List of Preferred Prescription Drugs

If your health plan covers prescription drugs, it will have a list of the drugs it covers. This list is called a preferred drug list, or formulary. Using your plan’s formulary will help you save money on your drugs.

Drug Safety: Managing Multiple Drugs

The more drugs you take, the more likely you are to have a problem.

Prescription Assistance Programs

Do you need help paying for prescription drugs? You may qualify for a Prescription Assistance Program (PAP).

If you’d like to read more about prescription drugs, visit Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs project provides consumers and their doctor’s information to help guide prescription drug choices – based on effectiveness, a drug’s track record, safety and price.

Be Engaged

Your Health: Fact NOT Fiction

This information is meant to help you become a smarter, more active patient. We hope it will help you understand when tests and treatments are necessary — and when they aren’t.

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

This poster offers five questions that patients should ask their doctor before agreeing to any medical test or procedure. It promotes conversations about what care is needed.

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor.


Communicating With Your Doctor

Pointers for having an engaging, collaborative conversation with your doctor to get the most out of your appointment.

Choosing Wisely: Talking With Your Doctor.


Other Choosing Wisely Materials

The complete set of Choosing Wisely resources for patients and their families can be found here.