In today’s cost conscious era, cutting government services, not managing them seems to be the main way budgets are being reined in on escalating costs—including health care. But, as the Choosing Wisely campaign has demonstrated, imaging costs—the fastest-growing spending in health care—can be effectively managed using evidence-based criteria.

Recently the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) commended the campaign, which was spearheaded by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has received evidence-based criteria from the American College of Radiology, the American College of Cardiology, and other organizations whose members rely on medical imaging.

According to a press release issued by the AMIC, the group fully supports the adoption of physician-developed appropriateness criteria and the use of clinical decision support tools, which are approaches that have proven effective in ensuring that patients receive the right scan at the right time. The AMIC is currently instituting an appropriateness criteria in care for Medicare beneficiaries at multiple sites with the help of the government program.

(Source: Press Release)