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In an effort to reduce health care costs and improve patient care, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has provided a list of tests and procedures that may not be cost effective in some situations.
ACEP’s recommendations are part of its participation in the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign. The campaign is part of a multi-year effort on the part of the ABIM Foundation to promote conversation between physicians and patients about utilizing appropriate tests, instead of providing care when the risk may outweigh the benefits.
The recommendations were developed from research and input gained from a panel of emergency physicians and the ACEP Board of Directors.
Below are the recommendations approved by ACEP’s Board of Directors:
“Overuse of medical tests is a serious problem, and health care reform is incomplete without medical liability reform,” said Dr. Rosenau. “Millions of dollars in defensive medicine are driving up the costs of health care for everyone. We will continue to encourage the ABIM Foundation and its many partners in this campaign to lend their influential voices to the need for medical liability reform.”