Past Letters

Choosing Wisely: The Challenge of Overcoming Fear

We need to study the fear factor in American medicine, particularly as it pertains to perceived versus actual instances of litigation.

Beyond High Prices: Five Reasons to Continue Addressing Overuse

Per a recent JAMA article, overutilization hasn’t proven to be a main driver of high health care spending in the U.S. as it compares to other countries. But does that mean we should leave that out of the equation altogether?

Reflections on a Fireside Chat with Parker Palmer

I have been travelling almost non-stop for a month now, visiting with thought leaders across the country and talking with them about the concept of trust in health care. My sometimes traveling companion Dr. Richard Baron and I have had multiple discussions with others around the dimensions of trust, including competency, integrity and trustworthiness. During... Read more »

Conversations Will Drive Success

Finding ways to drive more conversations about Choosing Wisely will create greater opportunities for success.

How Trust Leads To Change

In health care, large shifts in quality have often depended on trustful relationships among health care stakeholders.

Advice for CMMI from Choosing Wisely®

Over the last five years, the ABIM Foundation has learned valuable lessons from our experience engaging dozens of health systems, physician practices, and medical education and training programs with the Choosing Wisely® campaign. We believe many of lessons learned can help inform the model of change that CMMI is seeking.

Professionalism And Choosing Wisely®

Choosing Wisely appealed to the professionalism of physicians and other clinicians as articulated in the Physician Charter on Medical Professionalism, which included a commitment to manage health care resources.

Professionalism and Social Justice

The winners of the 2016 John. A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize were announced on April 25, and for the seventh year in a row I am pleased to see such high-quality pieces exploring professional behaviors and values as they apply to present-day health care.

Choosing Wisely Celebrating Its Fifth Year: So What?

Asking “so what” as we look at the laundry list of what we have achieved with Choosing Wisely reminds us that we cannot afford to rest on our laurels; this fifth anniversary is merely a start to the work left to be done.

Patient Safety and Professionalism

At the ABIM Foundation, we’ve long thought of patient safety through the lens of professionalism.