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by Alicia Caramenico, FierceHealthcare
Despite calls for more cost-efficient care, "choosing wisely" isn't as easy as it sounds. While providers play a pivotal role in reducing unnecessary healthcare expenditures, they can't do it alone.
But with new additions to the "Choosing Wisely" campaign, providers are now armed with a list of 135 tests and treatments that are deemed overused or inappropriate. These recommendations won't guarantee high-value care, but they can motivate discussions about cost and quality of care issues.
Such discussions require behavioral changes from both providers and patients. To bring about those changes, panelists at an Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop say the industry needs to incentivize doctors to allow patients to take a greater role in their care and embrace open dialogue.
Moreover, countless research and media reports have driven home the importance of patient-provider relationship and communication to lowering costs and improving care.
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