Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value Launches Statewide Effort to Promote National Choosing Wisely Campaign


The initiative - led by the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports - will provide informative resources for patients and employers in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 26, 2017) - Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value (The Florida Alliance) is proud to announce the launch of a new patient and employer health care resource site to support its participation in the Choosing Wisely campaign, a national initiative of the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports.

Launched in 2012, Choosing Wisely encourages clinicians and patients to engage in conversations about avoiding unnecessary care. As part of the effort, more than 75 medical specialty societies have collectively published 490+ tests and treatments they say are overused and should be discussed. Consumer Reports has created more than 100 patient-friendly brochures based on these recommendations, and distributes them to millions of consumers through a stable of consumer and advocacy partners.

The The Florida Alliance resource site, created as part of Consumer Reports patient-education efforts, provides useful, updated information to help employees/consumers make informed decisions about what care is best for them. For easy navigation, the site is broken down into six sub-categories: For Employers, For Employees and Patients, By Condition, Drugs, E-Hubs and For Physicians.
"The Florida Alliance is proud to work hand-in-hand with Consumer Reports on the Choosing Wisely campaign to make a difference and achieve better care and improved outcomes in Florida," said Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value President and CEO Karen van Caulil. "We look forward to providing information to employees and patients all across Florida so that along with their clinicians, they can make informed decisions about what is best for their health."
The resource site includes a wide variety of patient-friendly materials that can be downloaded and printed for reference before visiting a clinician. For example, one of the resources is the Choosing Wisely wallet card featuring "5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Take Antibiotics." Additional categories include (but are not limited to): diabetes, cholesterol drugs, antidepressants, migraines, opioids, rheumatoid arthritis and painkillers.

"Partnering with organizations such as The Florida Alliance is critical to our goal of reaching consumers at the right time and in the right settings," says Dom Lorusso, Director of Health Partnerships at Consumer Reports. "By using Choosing Wisely as a framework, consumers can have smart conversations with their health care providers about care that is truly necessary."

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About The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value:
The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value (The Florida Alliance) represents major employers across the state that cover over two million lives, addressing one common goal: to improve the quality of health care for all Floridians. Through educational programs and quality improvement initiatives developed by the member organizations, Coalition staff, board members, partners, affiliates, and sponsors, The Florida Alliance organizes events that inform and contribute to health care quality improvement across Florida. For more information, please visit www.flhealthvalue.org, or find the organization on Facebook, Twitter (@FLHCC) or LinkedIn.

About Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports is the world's largest and most trusted nonprofit, consumer organization working to improve the lives of consumers by driving marketplace change. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has achieved substantial gains for consumers on health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other issues. The organization has advanced important policies to cut hospital-acquired infections, prohibit predatory lending practices and combat dangerous toxins in food. Consumer Reports tests and rates thousands of products and services in its 50-plus labs, state-of-the-art auto test center and consumer research center. Consumers Union, a division of Consumer Reports, works for pro-consumer laws and regulations in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. With more than eight million subscribers to its flagship magazine, website and other publications, Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, payment or other support from the companies whose products it evaluates.
About the ABIM Foundation:
The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. We achieve this by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org,or connect with the ABIM Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

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