by Thomas Emerick

via Cracking Health Costs on 8/6/2013

Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs
Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs

According to the Choosing Wisely web site, “Choosing Wisely® aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary”

That is a terrific goal, one readers of CHC will appreciate. The Choosing Wisely web site shows a list of dubious or questionable procedures. Click here to see the list which was developed by Consumer Reports in collaboration with numerous medical societies.  It’s very impressive and reflects the growing sentiment among ethical providers that something needs to be done about over-treating and over-testing.

That Choosing Wisely exist and is growing in influence, gives me some optimism.

Tom Emerick
Thomas G. Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting, LLC and Host of Cracking Health Costs. Tom´s years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Burger King Corporation, British Petroleum, and American Fidelity Assurance Company have provided an excellent blend of experience and contacts. His last position with Wal-Mart was Vice President, Global Benefit Design. Tom has served on a variety of employer coalitions and associations, including being on the board of the influential National Business Group on Health, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Benefit Committee, and many others. Frequently in demand as a speaker for benefits and health care conferences, such as the internationally known World Health Care Congress, Tom´s topics include strategic health plan design, global health care challenges, health care economics, and evidence-based medicine.


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