AMDA Joins the Choosing Wisely® Campaign
Columbia, MD – AMDA – Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine (AMDA) is pleased to be joining the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® Campaign to encourage conversation between physicians and patients regarding treatment decisions. The campaign aims to promote conversations that help patients choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests, free from harm, and truly necessary. National organizations representing medical specialties are working with the ABIM Foundation to identify and reduce waste in the health care system, especially those related to their specific fields. Consumer Reports has also joined the campaign to provide resources for consumers and physicians to engage in conversations. AMDA will serve as a leading voice in the long term care field.
As part of Choosing Wisely®, each participating specialty society will identify five tests or procedures commonly used in their field, whose use should be discussed or questioned, also known as “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.” The resulting lists should spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments. AMDA will release its list of tests or procedures in mid-2013. AMDA believes that the physicians and other interdisciplinary team leaders are important allies for patients and families, and the need is great for the providers, patients and families to work as partners in decision-making regarding care planning and end-of-life decision making. AMDA understands that elders and their families need support, guidance, information, and compassion as they face frailty, illness, loss of independence, and even death. AMDA is committed to providing excellent, appropriate, and cost-effective care and to ensuring that patients have the best possible quality of life that includes dignity, respect, compassion, and choice. AMDA’s President Matthew Wayne, MD, CMD, said, “AMDA is proud to be a part of the Choosing Wisely Campaign, and impart our specialized knowledge about the post-acute and long term care field while encouraging important conversations between practitioners and patients to take place, ultimately raising the quality of care provided.”
For more information about the campaign, visit http://choosingwisely.org/.