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J Hosp Med. 2017 Aug;12(8):662-667. doi: 10.12788/jhm.2786.

Caring Wisely: A Program to Support Frontline Clinicians and Staff in Improving Healthcare Delivery and Reducing Costs.

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1
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.
2
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.
3
Department of Internal Medicine, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA.
4
Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.
5
Strategic Improvement Department, UCSF Health, San Francisco, California, USA.
6
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, California, USA.
7
Dean's Office, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA.

Abstract

We describe a program called "Caring Wisely"®, developed by the University of California, San Francisco's (UCSF), Center for Healthcare Value, to increase the value of services provided at UCSF Health. The overarching goal of the Caring Wisely® program is to catalyze and advance delivery system redesign and innovations that reduce costs, enhance healthcare quality, and improve health outcomes. The program is designed to engage frontline clinicians and staff-aided by experienced implementation scientists-to develop and implement interventions specifically designed to address overuse, underuse, or misuse of services. Financial savings of the program are intended to cover the program costs. The theoretical underpinnings for the design of the Caring Wisely® program emphasize the importance of stakeholder engagement, behavior change theory, market (target audience) segmentation, and process measurement and feedback. The Caring Wisely® program provides an institutional model for using crowdsourcing to identify "hot spot" areas of low-value care, inefficiency and waste, and for implementing robust interventions to address these areas.

PMID:
28786434
DOI:
10.12788/jhm.2786
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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