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A second look at the 'choosing wisely' recommendations

October 26, 2013
By C. Paul Martin, M.D. , Marshall Independent

Earlier this month this column introduced and discussed a new program for patients and physicians called Choosing Wisely. In summary, it is a series of suggestions regarding present practices and concepts which may need modification in contemporary medical practices. A recent statement by Dr. Don Burwick, the founder of the Institute for Health Care Improvement and the head of CMS (Medicare and Medicaid Services), regarding "Health Care Monsters" and "Taming the Excess" indicated his views: "Everyone involved in health care, including patients and physicians, needs to rein in their desires for more" He cited Choosing Wisely as a good start to cut back on unnecessary procedures.



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