On September 4, 2013, the Âé¶¹´«Ã½ (ACS) and Commission on Cancer (CoC) each released separate lists of specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in surgery and surgical oncology as part of the Choosing WiselyÂ® campaign, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list from each organization identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.
About the Âé¶¹´«Ã½
The Âé¶¹´«Ã½ is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
About the Âé¶¹´«Ã½ Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the Âé¶¹´«Ã½, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program online at: Âé¶¹´«Ã½Cancer Program Accreditation.
About the ABIM Foundation
The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. We achieve this by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit , read our blog , connect with us on , or follow us on .