Washington Health Alliance receives funding from organizations focused on improving health care in the United States. Read on for details about our projects and partnerships.
The Alliance was awarded a grant from the ABIM Foundation to help advance the goals of the Choosing Wisely® campaign. This initiative seeks to help physicians and patients have conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and supports physician efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices. Physicians and patients need to work together to choose care supported by evidence, that doesn’t duplicate other tests or procedures, that won’t cause harm and is truly necessary.
As part of Choosing Wisely, national organizations representing medical specialists have created lists of five common tests or procedures whose use should be discussed or questioned. The Things Physicians and Patients Should Question website provides specific, evidence-based lists of things physicians and patients should discuss to help make the most appropriate decisions about their care.
The Alliance is helping you to make sure you’re “choosing wisely” when it comes to your care by providing easy-to-understand resources for consumers and physicians. Our partners for the Choosing Wisely initiative are ABIM Foundation, the Washington State Medical Association, the Washington Hospital Association and Consumer Reports.