Inspired by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Physician Charter on Professionalism, the NPA’s Good Stewardship Project engaged physician working groups in the primary care fields of internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine to use comparative effectiveness studies to determine “5 Things You Can Do in Your Practice” to provide excellent patient care while appropriately conserving health care resources.
National coverage of this work resulted in more than 50 significant media hits including PBS NewsHour, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Consumer Reports, Reuters, US News, AMA’s American Medical News, Medscape, and dozens more medical journals and health related blogs. The project also sparked follow-up research that demonstrated a conservative $6.7 billion in annual savings if Good Stewardship recommendations were universally adopted.
The American Board of Internal Medicine provided funding for NPA’s Good Stewardship Project and built on the project to create its celebrated Choosing Wisely Campaign®, of which NPA is a partner.
Choosing Wisely® reinforces goals of the Affordable Care Act by encouraging multispecialty commitment to evidence- and outcomes-based care that emphasizes value for patients over volume of services. The campaign enlists specialty societies to identify concrete ways for physicians to become more responsible stewards of health care resources.
In recognition of the role the organization played for inspiring the Choosing Wisely® Campaign, the NPA was recognized by the National Research Center for Women and Families as a 2013 Health Policy Hero. The award was shared by NPA, the ABIM Foundation, and Consumer Reports, in recognition of those “who have helped to improve the lives of adults and children nationwide by supporting health policies that help protect lives and improve medical care for us all.”
The NPA continues to advance high value care through further work on implementation of the Good Stewardship Project’s recommendations and numerous other projects with partner organizations. We invite you to watch the archived webcast of our August National Grand Rounds: Value-Based Prescribing: What Drives Physician Behavior? The event, moderated by NPA President Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, featured Richard J. Baron, MD, President & CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement.