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October 24/31, 2012

Choosing Wisely: Low-Value Services, Utilization, and Patient Cost Sharing

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Drs Volpp and Asch), Leonard Davis Institute Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (Drs Volpp, Loewenstein, and Asch), Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (Drs Volpp and Asch), Department of Health Care Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Drs Volpp and Asch), and Penn Medicine Center for Innovation (Drs Volpp and Asch), Philadelphia; and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Dr Loewenstein).

JAMA. 2012;308(16):1635-1636. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.13616

The June 2012 issue of Consumer Reports includes a cover story entitled “5 Medical Tests You Don't Need.” The story reflects a joint Choosing Wisely1 initiative by Consumer Reports and the American Board of Internal Medicine aimed at “encouraging physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm.”2