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


Target Audience

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Practice Managers

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Attendance
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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

Beverley Johnson
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.

Juliette Schlucter
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

Staff Editors

Wendy Nickel, MPH
Director Center for Patient Partnership, American College of Physicians

Cynthia D. Smith, MD
Director, Clinical Program Development Senior Physician Educator

Samantha Stimpert
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.


    Available Credit

    • 1.00 Attendance

    Accreditation Period

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