ACR Joins National Effort to "Choose Wisely"

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The American College of Radiology announced this week that it has joined with eight other medical specialty societies in a national campaign to promote wise choices by physicians and patients. The campaign known as Choosing Wisely is led by the ABIM Foundation with its aim being to “improve health outcomes, avoid unnecessary interventions and make efficient use of healthcare dollars,” according to a press release. For its part, the ACR will develop a list of five ways to reduce unnecessary imaging exams. According to the Congressional Budget Office, up to 30 percent of care delivered in the United States goes to unnecessary services. The ACR says medical imaging utilization is down significantly since 2008, and that increasing access to appropriate scans can increase life expectancy. The society has already endorsed evidence-based criteria detailed in its Appropriateness Criteria. It also established the Dose Index Registry, and it’s a founding member of Image Wisely and Image Gently, each initiatives to improve quality.