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Focus on Patient Care: Choosing Wisely

As part of the campaign, ABIM Foundation invited several leading national organizations to identify "Five Things to Question" — tests or procedures commonly used but whose necessity should be evaluated. Consumer Reports also joined this effort to help convey these messages to the public.

In addition to ASN, the other medical societies participating in today's launch include:

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

ASN's list was compiled by the society's Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Task Force, under the guidance of Task Force Chair Amy W. Williams, MD. Each of ASN's 10 advisory groups contributed expertise to the task force, and the ASN Public Policy Board and Council also provide insights. The final list focused on five items most likely to positively impact and influence optimal patient care, and was unanimously approved by the ASN Council.

I commend ABIM Foundation's efforts to align patient and professional interests with the best medical outcomes. ASN's participation in this launch reflects the society's leading role in healthcare, and the commitment of ASN and its members to honoring the critical partnership of patients, families and kidney professionals. I'm also excited that Consumer Reports' involvement will help raise awareness for kidney disease.

Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN

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Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN and Amy W. Williams, MD discuss the campaign to improve quality patient care and reduce unnecessary health care costs.

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