Avoid Unnecessary Testing
Take action to decrease waste and improve care by reducing unnecessary testing in your practice.
Why is this important?
30% of annual health expenditures in the US are on wasted care1
Physicians are responsible for ordering 87% of unnecessary tests and treatments2
Physicians incorrectly assume that patients want specific tests and treatments up to 75% of the time3
Wasted care leads to patient harm
Eliminating healthcare waste helps to simultaneously improve patient outcomes and reduce costs
How will these tools help?
Improve patient outcomes through better communication and stronger relationships with patients, families, and colleagues
Prepare to thrive financially in the value-based payment system
Improve practice efficiency and satisfaction by decreasing staff workload scheduling, doing prior-authorizations, follow-up, and reporting of unnecessary tests
Patient-centered care is associated with decreased utilization of health care services and lower total annual charges4
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Medical Assistants
- Practice Managers
Use data to drive improved care and decreased costs in your practice
Identify resources and strategies to engage in decision making about various health care interventions
Eliminate unnecessary procedures and testing to reduce avoidable costs
Overcome Barriers to High-Value Care
Practice Advisor Content Manager
Kellyn Pearson, MSN, APN
Manager Practice Support, American College of Physicians
John Bulger, DO, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Geisinger Health Plan
Chief Medical Officer, Population Health, Geisinger Health System
Matt Handley, MD
Medical Director for Quality, Group Health Cooperative
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
Sara Hayes, MPH
Associate, Center for Patient Partnership, American College of Physicians
President and CEO of the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care
Mary Minniti, BS, CPHQ
Senior Policy and Program Specialist
Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC)
Jessica Reimer, PhD
Writer, Editor, and Owner, HealthComms, Inc.
Director, Center for Child and Family Experience
Sala Institute for Child and Family-Centered Care
Melora Simon, MPH
Program Director, America's Most Valuable Care
Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center
Jennifer Sweeney, MA
Vice President, National Partnership for Women and Families
Wendy Nickel, MPH
Director Center for Patient Partnership, American College of Physicians
Cynthia D. Smith, MD
Director, Clinical Program Development Senior Physician Educator
Practice Support Coordinator
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.
The ACP designates this performance improvement for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 20 performance improvement [and medical knowledge] MOC points [and patient safety MOC credit] in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
- 1.00 Attendance