A Little Friendly Competition Sparks Choosing Wisely

By  |  July 22, 2014 | 

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!

Who knew that Mary Poppins’ advice could apply to reducing waste in health care? Apparently, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) did. To get their members fired up about implementing Choosing Wisely , both organizations are inviting their members to engage in a little friendly competition.

SHM will award eight prizes totaling $20,000 to the winners of their Choosing Wisely Case Study Competition. The competition provides an opportunity for hospitalists to share projects that have facilitated the successful implementation of one or more recommendations from SHM’s Choosing Wisely list. Submissions will be evaluated on:

– Demonstrated  improvement in appropriate utilization
– Demonstrated ability to succeed in sustaining efforts
– Innovation in achieving improvement
– Reduction in wasteful spending
– Institutional commitment to achieving improvement (i.e., demonstrated institutional support/buy-in)

The competition formally launched on June 30, 2014 and ends September 9, 2014. Projects must have begun after January 1, 2013 and the first author of the competition write-up must be an SHM member in good standing. One hospital/individual may submit multiple projects in multiple submissions. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Goldstein at [email protected].

MMA’s video competition aims to increase physician awareness of the Choosing Wisely campaign. The competition is a result of a suggestion by one of the residents on the organization’s steering committee and asks MMA members to create a short video (five minutes or less) about Choosing Wisely and upload it to YouTube. The steering committee will select the top two videos; winning videos will receive a share of a $400 prize and be played at MMA’s annual meeting in September. A “People’s Choice Award” will also be named; top videos will be shared with the public to enable friends, family, co-workers and interested Minnesotans to pick their favorite.

Submissions will be accepted through September 2014. To find out more, visit: http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/Web/Quality_Innovation/SHM_Signature_Programs/Campaigns/Web/Quality___Innovation/choosing_wisely_case_study_competition.aspx


This post was originally published on ABIM Foundation’s The Medical Professionalism Blog.

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