On Choosing Wisely…



Good morning, ProviderNation.

The fine folks at AMDA (the artists formerly known as the American Medical Directors Association) are teaming up with the fine folks at Consumer Reports to help seniors’ cholesterol medicines.

The groups are especially worried about older folks taking statins. “Many older adults have high cholesterol,” the groups’ one-pager says. “Their doctors usually prescribe statins to prevent heart disease. But for older people, there is no clear evidence that high cholesterol leads to heart disease or death. In fact, some studies show the opposite—that older people with the lowest cholesterol levels actually have the highest risk of death.”

AMDA has been reworking itself in recent years and has been more aggressive about consumer watchdog type stuff. They’re part of the ABIM Foundation’s “Choosing Wisely” campaign. (And we all know how important it is to choose wisely.)

“Last September, AMDA released a list of five tests or procedures in post-acute and long term care that may be unnecessary and could even cause harm,” the group says in a news release. “The goal of the Choosing Wiselycampaign is to encourage conversations between physicians, patients, and other health care stakeholders. Consumer Reports has joined the Choosing Wiselycampaign to provide resources to help consumers and physicians engage in these important conversations.” (Bill Myers is Provider’s senior editor. E-mail him at wmyers@providermagazine.com. Follow him on Twitter, @ProviderMyers.)



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