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High-Value Care: Patient Scenarios Teach Doctors

High-value, cost-conscious treatment is a new concept for many physicians. Online cases teach doctors how to weigh the potential benefits, risks, and costs of common tests and therapies.

As the largest medical specialty organization in the US, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is focused on providing resources to internists, internal medicine subspecialists, medical students, residents, and fellows. In 2010 the ACP launched the High Value Care initiative in response to growing evidence that the misuse and overuse of certain tests and treatments were causing harm to patients and increasing costs.

Under the High Value Care initiative, ACP has developed curriculum to teach residents and fellows to be better stewards of limited health care dollars. On January 1, 2014, the ACP released a series of clinical cases built on real patients, their medical bills, and outcomes. The five web-based, interactive cases cover common clinical topics to teach practicing physicians how to:

  • Avoid unnecessary testing
  • Use emergency and hospital care judiciously
  • Improve patient outcomes with health promotion and disease prevention
  • Prescribe medications safely and cost-effectively
  • Overcome barriers to high-value care

The cases, funded in part by CHCF, are available online at no cost. Physicians who review the cases, answer the associated multiple-choice questions, and read through the critiques may earn free Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) medical knowledge points.

To access the cases visit the ACP website through the External Link below.

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