Ridgeview to participate in Choosing Wisely initiative

Ridgeview Clinics is one of seven clinics throughout the state that has agreed to participate in a Minnesota Medical Association–backed implementation program to improve physician-patient dialogue about unnecessary health care services.

The implementation program is part of an initiative known as Choosing Wisely, which the ABIM Foundation, along with Consumer Reports, launched in April 2012. The initiative has set out to encourage physicians and patients to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary and, in some cases, can cause harm.

In support of the project, national medical specialty societies have developed lists of commonly used tests or procedures in each specialty that should be questioned and discussed between physician and patient. With more than 270 recommendations—and counting—the Choosing Wisely campaign is for all physicians. And Choosing Wisely has partnered with Consumer Reports to develop patient-friendly resources that complement the medical specialty recommendations.

“We have a diverse group of physician clinics participating who are working to incorporate the Choosing Wisely initiative and its guiding principles into their daily practice,” says Janet Silversmith, MMA’s director of health policy. “In a few months, we will share the experiences of these clinics with all Minnesota physicians. We hope to learn how to advance Choosing Wisely adoption in other practices and create an environment where both physicians and patients can say no to unnecessary care.”

The MMA is one of 21 grantees promoting the Choosing Wisely initiative across the country.