TMA Webpage Gives Access to Choosing Wisely Tools

The Texas Medical Association has launched its Choosing Wisely® webpage with materials available for Texas physicians to help spark discussion with patients and avoid unnecessary care.

The webpage gives access to the "Lists of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question," which provides evidence-based recommendations created by leading medical specialty societies. These lists help physicians engage in important conversations with patients to do the right thing at the right time.

A video overview about the Choosing Wisely campaign is also available, along with informational videos for both physicians and patients.

Consumer Reports, working with the specialty societies, developed these patient-friendly materials to support the goal of the campaign – to promote conversations between physicians and patients about using the most appropriate tests and treatments.

As a member of the initiative, TMA will work with Texas physicians, state specialty societies, and county medical societies to educate doctors about the Choosing Wisely campaign.

The ABIM Foundation awarded TMA and its philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, a $50,000 grant to advance the Choosing Wisely campaign among Texas physicians. TMA is one of only five state medical associations to receive a grant from the ABIM Foundation. Support for the grant program comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Action, Aug. 1, 2013

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    The Choosing Wisely program as it exists for the Allergy and Asthma specialties restrict the opportunities to diagnose and manage difficult problems like chronic urticaria. All specialties have practice parameters for individual disease process that are thought out and well reviewed. The Choosing Wisely suggestions from the AAAAI represent the views of the board of directors of that organization. While a flashy effort to gain media attention by appearing to represent voluntary guidelines, they are self-serving and academically unsound and surely will result in those suggestions being the "guidelines" accepted by carriers and the federal authorities. If your spouse or child has unrelenting urticaria - you better hope we aren't restricted in ordering autoimmune parameters and FCeR1 antibodies. The best person to manage difficult problems is the physician seeing the patient, not some panel of remote physicians. Bob Lanier MD Executive Medical Director, American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunlogy

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