ASE is proud to be a partner in Choosing Wisely® (www.ChoosingWisely.org), an initiative spearheaded by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIM Foundation). The goal of the Choosing Wisely® campaign is to help physicians and patients have the important conversations necessary to ensure that the right care is delivered at the right time. In order to provide a starting point for this conversation, several specialty societies have created lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” — evidence-based recommendations that should be discussed to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation. ASE unveiled its list, which was based on the input of many of our members, on February 21, 2013. See the list here.
As a member of ASE, you are aware of the Society’s work on and promotion of Appropriate Use Criteria for Echocardiography. (Click here to view the guidelines) Participating in this program is yet another way that ASE can promote appropriate use of diagnostic imaging for the best possible patient care.
As the consumer partner in Choosing Wisely®, Consumer Reports is working with specialty societies to develop materials to help patients engage their physicians in these conversations and ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them. Consumer Reports is leading a coalition of 16 other consumer-oriented organizations, including AARP, to build public awareness of Choosing Wisely® and disseminate educational materials about making wise decisions. The results have been remarkable so far, with direct outreach to tens of millions of consumers.
The initiative has also proven very popular with legislators, who seem to appreciate the societies’ taking the lead in reducing health care costs and encouraging patient-physician conversations about appropriateness. It’s important that ASE be part of this patient-centered initiative that can enhance quality patient care while helping to contain costs. Our involvement will be valuable in building relationships with legislators and the media, as well as providing an opportunity to educate consumers about the safety and usefulness of cardiovascular ultrasound.
ASE Foundation receives support for a free Echo AUC app
The ASE Foundation is proud to offer a new app designed to guide physicians to provide appropriate patient care, specifically in Echocardiography. And it’s free! Right at your fingertips are the “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” lists developed by ASE and over 25 participating specialty societies as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, an ABIM Foundation initiative. These lists are evidence-based recommendations that can be utilized to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patient’s individual situation. Each echo scenario provides a decision-tree and possible patient talking points. This app can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. Simply search for “Echo AUC” in the Apple or Google Play store.
Watch for more information about ASE’s involvement, which will include member and consumer education and media outreach, in the coming months. More information about Choosing Wisely® is available at www.choosingwisely.org. The ABIM Foundation has provided a one page summary of the program and the participants. Click here to access the document. Please contact Irene Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Information about Consumer Reports’ communications initiatives for Choosing Wisely® including a list of consumer partners access to all available patient materials is available here.