The Choosing Wisely campaign is a national initiative sponsored by the AmericanBoard of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and supported by over 60 Specialty Medicine Societies.
As one of only nine health collaborative Choosing Wisely campaign grantees, MiHIA hashelped align stakeholders on a local stage, mobilizing the delivery of Choosing Wisely information.
Many experts believe that the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. contains too much duplication and waste, and sometimes comes at an unnecessary increased risk to the patient. Patients need better information about what care they truly need, and they need to be able to talk with their physicians to get that information.
Since the Choosing Wisely campaign was launched in 2012, leading medical specialty societies have identified tests or procedures commonly used in their field, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. The resulting lists of "Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" will spark discussion about the need – or lack thereof – for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.
The ABIM Foundation has awarded MiHIA a two-year, $70,000 grant to expand the Choosing Wisely campaign in our area. Support for the grant program comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. MiHIA will use its funding to educate physicians, hospital systems and other community health organizations – as well as consumers – about established guidelines for evaluating tests and procedures. MiHIA will provide educational content and resources to support communication efforts, as well as information about activities within our region. MiHIA has enlisted the support of local community partners to support this campaign. For a list of current partners, go to the “Choosing Wisely Partners section of this page. A few of the campaign efforts include: Public service announcements on local television stations, Interviews on local TV shows, promotional materials on display in hospitals, doctor offices, public health offices and many employers. Physicians are being educated on this initiative through departmental meetings in virtually all of our region’s major hospitals.
Choosing Wisely campaign partners play an essential role in spreading the Choosing Wisely message across our region. Our current partner list is below, although this list is continuously expanding. Check back frequently to see who else has joined MiHIA’s Choosing Wisely movement!
The Choosing Wisely campaign has recently received some excellent promotion through local TV stations.
On February 18 and 20, a 30-minute interview with Gary Billotti (Choosing Wisely Project Leader) aired on MCTV.
On February 19, Dr. Gregg Stefanek (Gratiot Family Practice & MiHIA Board of Directors member) was interviewed the NBC25 Morning Show with Joel Feick.
On February 28, Dr. Ernest Yoder (Central Michigan University & MiHIA Board of Directors member), Dr. Madhura Mansabdar (MidMichigan Health), and Dr. Ronald Gonzalez (Covenant PHO) were interviewed on WCMU PBS “Ask the Specialist” show. Click here to view the segment.
Links to these will be provided soon on this website.
For more information, contact project leader Gary Billotti (
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