The 2012 ABIM Foundation Forum: Choosing Wisely in an Era of Limited Resources will focus on how systems, and clinicians working within those systems, can improve care for all patients so our nation might deliver on the promise of affordable and high-quality care for all.

Specific goals of the Forum include:

  • Gain an understanding of how health care systems and practices can be responsible for health care outcomes and the cost of care of patient populations. What are the operating principles and philosophies employed by organizations and what are the competencies needed by clinicians and patients working within those systems to improve the health outcomes and cost of care over time?
  • Examine the local conditions that affect systems’ ability to become fully accountable (e.g., characteristics of population, geography and delivery system, payment mix, innovations in budgeting and internal reward systems to align with system accountability for resources and population health outcomes).
  • Examine how these systems address vulnerable populations, defined as groups of people made vulnerable by their financial circumstances or place of residence; health, age, functional or developmental status; ability to communicate effectively; and personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity and gender.
  • Build an understanding of how to frame issues of resource stewardship and quality to the public, patients, physicians, policymakers and the media.

See the 2012 Forum Summary for highlights of the meeting discussion and action steps.