Collaborative receives grant to promote “wise choices”

May 8, 2013

Collaborative receives grant to promote “wise choices”

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality is among 21 state medical societies, specialty societies and regional health collaboratives to receive a grant to promote the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Campaign.

The national initiative, launched in April 2012, is aimed at reducing unnecessary tests and procedures. Since then, 25 medical specialty societies have created lists of tests and procedures they say are overused or inappropriate.

The Collaborative is receiving $70,000 over the next two years.

“The grant was designed to identify communities where they thought there was a likelihood that organizations in a community would bring it down to the doctors,” Consumer Reports’ Health Ratings Center director Dr. John Santa told Wisconsin Health News after delivering a speech at The Alliance’s annual seminar Tuesday in Madison. Consumer Reports is working to distribute patient-friendly materials on the program to consumer groups.

Santa and Consumers Reports also partnered with the Collaborative last year on a magazine article that rated 19 Wisconsin medical groups.

Santa said readers reacted positively to the report – one of three similar ones it produced around the country. However, he’s not sure if they’ll do it again. “We didn’t make money – we got a grant to do it,” he said. “Making money and doing it long term means every one would have to do things differently. But, we are thinking about it.”

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