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  • APTA Among First Nonphysician Groups to Partner in Choosing Wisely Campaign

    The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation has announced that APTA will be among the first 3 nonphysician provider organizations to partner later this year in a high-profile national campaign to educate consumers on making informed health care choices. APTA will prepare to join the "Choosing Wisely" initiative by surveying members to refine a list of the top 5 physical therapy tests and procedures that may be unnecessary under certain circumstances.

    The association will join the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Nursing as the first nonphysician provider organizations to be included in Choosing Wisely, a campaign centered around lists of procedures (.pdf) that tend to be done frequently, yet whose usefulness is called into question by evidence. Consumer Reports is partnering with the ABIM Foundation to promote the campaign and helped to create a video describing the effort. According to a press release from the ABIM Foundation, "Consumer Reports will also work with each organization to develop patient-friendly materials based on their lists."

    "Care that is best for the patient has always been a priority for APTA," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar, PT, DPT, MS. "This is why we have chosen to join the Choosing Wisely effort. Choosing Wisely perfectly addresses the patient's role in good health care, and there couldn't be a better fit for what we're trying to achieve with our Integrity in Practice Initiative," a broad effort to eliminate fraud, abuse, and waste from health care and strengthen the good reputation of physical therapy. The effort is the subject of a feature article (members-only access) in the February issue of PT in Motion.

    APTA's efforts to create its Choosing Wisely list are already under way. In March, the association called for input from members and received more than 200 suggestions for possible inclusion. APTA will convene an expert panel to review and rate all member submissions and create a list of approximately 10 potential items that will be narrowed down to 5 by way of an all-member survey. The top 5 questioned procedures will then go to the APTA Board of Directors before being submitted to the ABIM Foundation for final approval.

    "APTA is committed to taking the lead in promoting transparency and education of patients and health care providers for a better and more streamlined health care system," Rockar said. "A well-informed patient is a well-treated patient. We are extremely pleased to be joining this outstanding project."

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