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In 2013, NASS joined more than 50 medical specialty societies participating in ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign. This campaign encourages active discussion between physicians and patients about the most appropriate care, based on the patient’s situation and the very latest in research and treatment. Specialty organizations were asked to explore the necessity of tests and procedures within their field and create lists of “Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.”

Daniel Wolfson of ABIM Foundation recently wrote an essay in response to an article that questioned the merits of the Choosing Wisely initiative. The response lauds the leadership of the specialty organizations and examines the interconnectedness of the health care system that lead to the lists. Wolfson states the project is important for reducing waste in a time of waning health care resources, and asserts that improvements can only be made by having these discussions with health care stakeholders, physicians and patients.

NASS’ list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” is available on both the NASS and Choosing Wisely websites.