Focus on Patient Care: Choosing Wisely

Rheumatologists play a unique and vital role in guiding their patients toward the most effective rheumatology care.To that end, the ACR has joined the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, Consumer Reports, and numerous other leading medical societies as part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign. The ACR has created two lists – one for adult rheumatology and one for pediatric rheumatology – each with five things rheumatologists could do to reduce health care costs while also improving quality of care. 

These lists include things that:

  • are commonly ordered/provided by rheumatologists
  • are among the most expensive services provided (either individually or cumulatively)
  • have been shown by currently available evidence not to provide any meaningful benefit to at least some major categories of patients for whom the tests/treatments are ordered/provided

Through this and other work, the ACR ensures that rheumatologists’ voices are heard when high-quality, high-value care is being defined for people with rheumatic disease.

The ACR’s Five Things lists were developed by two working groups with significant ACR member input and final ACR Board of Directors approval.

  • Adult Rheumatology Five Things Working Group members: Jinoos Yazdany, MD, MPH; Charles King, MD; Gabriela Schmajuk, MD, MSc; David Daikh, MD, PhD; Edward Yelin, PhD; Mark Robbins, MD, MPH; Ashley Beall, MD; and Kenneth Saag, MD
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Five Things Working Group members: co-chairs: Stacy Ardoin, MD and Kelly Rouster-Stevens, MD; Mara Becker, MD; Ashley Cooper, MD; Leonard Dragone, MD, PhD; Polly Ferguson, MD; Anna Huttenlocher, MD; Karla Jones, RN, MS, CPNP; Lakshmi Moorthy, MD, MS; Peter Nigrovic, MD; Jennifer Stinson, RN, PhD, CPNP

Adult Rheumatology Five Things

The List
AC&R Article
ACR Press Release

Pediatric Rheumatology Five Things

The List
AC&R Article
ACR Press Release