ABIM FOUNDATION

Our mission is to advance medical professionalism to improve health care.

PHILADELPHIA, PA   |  www.abimfoundation.org

Mission

Advancing medical professionalism to improve health care.

Ruling year info

1990

CEO

Richard Baron MD

EVP and COO

Daniel B Wolfson MHSA

Main address

510 WALNUT STREET 1700

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106 USA

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EIN

23-2585181

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Public Foundations (T30)

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Our programs

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Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely aims to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is:

-Supported by evidence
-Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
-Free from harm
-Truly necessary

In response to this challenge, national organizations representing medical specialists asked their providers to “choose wisely” by identifying tests or procedures commonly used in their field whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. The resulting lists of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” will spark discussion about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.

To help patients engage their health care provider in these conversations and empower them to ask questions about what tests and procedures are right for them, Consumer Reports has developed patient-friendly materials based on the specialty societies’ lists of recommendations. These materials are disseminated through the campaign’s consumer partners.

For providers, a suite of communication education modules was created to help them engage in these conversations with their patients. A growing library of video resources also provides diverse perspectives on the campaign’s impact and challenges.

Population(s) Served

A joint project of Costs of Care and the ABIM Foundation, the Teaching Value in Health Care Learning Network is a dynamic community of medical residents, students, faculty and others who are committed to learning and teaching the principles of stewardship and high-value care.

Open to anyone in the medical education field, the community features monthly “Third Thursday” webinars with leaders in medical education to highlight implementation models and innovations in value-based training. The goal of the community is to encourage members to share best practices and inspire others to create innovations in their organizations to promote and provide high-value care.

Population(s) Served

In April 2016, we began a partnership with AcademyHealth aimed at reducing low-value care. A key component to this partnership includes the creation of the AcademyHealth and ABIM Foundation Research Community on Low-Value Care, which convenes researchers and others to accelerate the development and implementation of research around low-value care.

The partnership with AcademyHealth formed as the result of two multi-stakeholder meetings held in 2014 and 2015 that brought to light gaps in the evidence base around low-value care. The AcademyHealth and ABIM Foundation Research Community on Low-Value Care includes an online forum, a webinar series and an in-person meeting with hopes to grow this evidence base and ultimately have an impact on reducing overuse.

Population(s) Served

The ABIM Foundation created the Professionalism Article Prize in 2011 to recognize outstanding contributions to the growing body of peer-reviewed journal articles that document the impact of medical professionalism on improving health care.

In 2015 the award was renamed in honor of American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation President Emeritus John A. Benson Jr., MD, who taught medical students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, where he also served at the Center for Ethics in Health Care. Dr. Benson has received several honors, including the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Abraham Flexner Award for impacting medical education on a national scale and the American College of Physicians’ John Phillips Memorial Award for outstanding work in clinical medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has also written extensively about professionalism and medical education.

Since its creation, the Foundation has reviewed more than 500 articles and honored 15 with the John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize.

Population(s) Served

The six winning proposals of the 2015 Putting Stewardship into Medical Education and Training grant program will create new training program initiatives or expand existing ones to focus on potential negative consequences associated with unneeded care with the goal of reducing the overuse of certain tests and procedures.

Population(s) Served

In 2009 and 2011, through a partnership the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), Putting the Charter into Practice (PCIP) grants were awarded to professional medical organizations, health systems/hospitals, academic medical centers and medical practices that were working to advance medical professionalism.

Grantees were selected in conjunction with the CMSS and a consumer representative. Several of these projects served as the basis for larger initiatives, including the Choosing Wisely® campaign.

Population(s) Served

Building Trust is an ABIM Foundation initiative that aims to elevate the importance of trust as an essential organizing principle to guide operations and improvements in health care. We will identify and promote best practices in building trust by collaborating with organizations across various health care sectors. This initiative builds on the Foundation’s open call in 2019 to health care stakeholders to share trust-building practices.

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of organizational partners

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

75 medical specialty societies are partners in the Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign.

Number of unique website visitors

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

About 1.6 million physicians, patients and caregivers visited www.choosingwisely.org in 2016.

Number of return website visitors

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nearly a quarter million visits to www.choosingwisely.org were from return visitors in 2016, according to Google Analytics.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The ABIM Foundation's mission is to advance medical professionalism to improve health care. Today's definition of medical professionalism is evolving—from autonomy to accountability, from individual's expert opinion to evidence-based medicine, from individual responsibility to teamwork and shared responsibility and from maximizing economic interests to social justice.

For many physicians, medical professionalism is the “heart and soul of medicine." More than the adherence to a set of medical ethics, it is the daily expression of what originally attracted them to the field of medicine—a desire to help people and society as a whole by providing quality health care to those in need.

Our work is dedicated to exploring how physician leaders, health care organizations and public policy can foster medical professionalism and intrinsic motivation at all levels as a means to improve health care for everyone.

We define professionalism through Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter, which articulates the professional principles and commitments to which physicians aspire. The Physician Charter espouses three fundamental principles: the primacy of patient welfare, patient autonomy, and social justice. It includes ten professional commitments: professional competence, honesty with patients, patient confidentiality, maintaining appropriate relations with patients, improving quality of care, improving access to care, the just distribution of finite resources, scientific knowledge, maintaining trust by managing conflicts of interest, and professional responsibilities.

Our initiatives include programs that advance the professional values and behaviors articulated in the Physician Charter, engage health care leaders in an ongoing conversation exploring ways to improve care, and convene individuals and organizations to stimulate change and innovation.

Since 2012, the Foundation's flagship initiative has been Choosing Wisely®, a campaign it leads in partnership with Consumer Reports and 75 societies representing physicians and other clinicians. Choosing Wisely aims to advance a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. The campaign focuses on conversations between clinicians and patients informed by evidence-based recommendations of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question." As part of Choosing Wisely, and with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are also working with health care provider organizations and consumer groups to reduce their use of tests and treatments that our clinical partners have said are performed too frequently.

The Foundation also operates small grant programs that are designed to support professionalism, including initiatives to train residents and medical students to avoid providing unnecessary care, to help practicing physicians combat challenges to professionalism in their practices, and to support physician society efforts to educate their members about important patient safety issues.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of both physicians and non-physician experts from a wide swath of health care, including medicine, research and policy. The Foundation also seeks Trustees who can help broaden its thinking in how to solve challenging issues in health care, such as individuals with expertise in new technologies or those that can help provide patient perspectives.

The Board helps set the strategic direction for the organization and provides counsel to the Foundation's staff. Half of the Foundation's Trustees have served on the American Board of Internal Medicine, the professional organization that certifies more than one in four doctors in the US. The collective experience of our public and ABIM emeriti Trustees allows many Foundation initiatives to find advocates who can connect Foundation initiatives with relevant actors in the health care delivery system.

Foundation staff includes individuals with many years of experience and specialized knowledge in their respective fields, including health care policy, public health, grant making, law, and communications. The Foundation's President and CEO previously practiced general internal medicine and geriatrics for nearly 30 years, as well as two years in a leadership role at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center. The Foundation's Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer has more than 40 years of experience in the health care field, including previously serving for nearly 20 years as the founding president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (formerly The HMO Group), the nation's leading association of not-for-profit and provider-sponsored health plans.

The Foundation's strength lies in its ability to convene organizations and individuals and inspire them to take action around a shared cause. For example, more than 75 medical specialty societies are partners in the Choosing Wisely campaign, collectively representing more than 1 million health care providers in the United States. Many hospitals and health systems have also embraced Choosing Wisely and are adopting its ideals into practice to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments and improve care for their patients.

The Foundation has also developed a number of strong partnerships in support of its goals, including with Consumer Reports to educate patients about the Choosing Wisely campaign, and AcademyHealth to accelerate research aimed at reducing low-value care.

The Foundation's major accomplishment in recent years has been to marshal physician professionalism to help inspire and shape a national conversation about the overuse of tests and treatments through Choosing Wisely. The campaign now includes nearly 500 clinical recommendations and more than 100 patient-friendly explanations from Consumer Reports about unnecessary care.

We believe the campaign has helped drive a significant increase in attention to overuse in the medical community, as demonstrated by the near-doubling in the number of articles in peer-reviewed journals about the topic between 2014 and 2015. Choosing Wisely has also begun to change how medicine is practiced, with health systems implementing recommendations and reducing their utilization of unnecessary tests and treatments. Its reach now extends beyond the United States, with sister campaigns in nearly 20 nations.

Medical professionalism has many facets and much work remains to be done to achieve a health care system that achieves the principles of maintaining the primacy of patient welfare, patient autonomy and social justice.

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ABIM FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 01/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jackie Judd

Christine Sinsky

Clarence Braddock

David Reuben

Anita Samarth

Frederick Cerise

Patricia Connelly

Antonia Villarruel

David Coleman

Susan Edgeman-Levitan

Yul Ejnes

Marianne Green

Jeanne Marrazzo

Reginald Tucker Seeley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/13/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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