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Choosing Wisely

Have you heard of the Choosing Wisely Campaign? The Choosing Wisely campaign encourages patient and provider communication about the overuse of medical tests and procedures.  This crucial interaction will help to eliminate unnecessary medical testing and ultimately reduce associated healthcare costs. Physicians identified, with the Iowa Medical Society, the top 5 recommendations most important to Iowa physicians to reduce the overuse of medical tests and procedures.

The "Iowa 5" are:
  1. Don’t obtain imaging studies in patients with non-specific low back pain; and don’t do imaging for low back pain within the first six weeks, unless red flags are present.
  2. Don’t do imaging for uncomplicated headache. Imaging headache pains absent specific risk factors for structural disease is not likely to change management or improve outcomes.
  3. In the evaluation of simple syncope and a normal neurological examination, don’t obtain brain imaging studies (CT or MRI).
  4. Avoid unnecessary use of computed tomography (CT) scans in the immediate evaluation of minor head injuries.
  5. Don’t order sinus CT or indiscriminately prescribe antibiotics for uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis.
Interested in learning more about Choosing Wisely? Please click this link!

Takeaway: Worker Safety

Interested in worker safety? This takeaway provides information on worker safety and safety across the board.  Please click this link to view the takeaway document.

New Health Disparities Toolkit

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has created a toolkit about health disparities. The toolkit contains clinical practice guidelines, videos, toolkits, and current articles discussing health disparities. This resource can help start conversations about what health disparities are, who is affected, and what health providers can do to reduce inequities in patient care. This toolkit is an introductory resource to health disparities. Click this link to access the new toolkit.


Partnership for Patients Webinars:

  1. August 7, 2014: "PFE Series: The Practical Application of Safety Across the Board"
  2. August 12, 2014: "Pacing Event: Sustainability of the HEN Infrastructure as Part of SAB"
  3. August 14, 2014: "PFE Series - Patients and Providers Working Together to Form SAB Partnerships"
For more information and to register for the PfP webinars click this link.

Other Upcoming Events:

  • August 7, 2014: "Implementing a maternal early warning system (MEWS)." This is a webcast held by the Premier HEN. For more information and to register click this link. When registering, please select "OTHER" as your organization.
  • September 11, 2014: "R is for readiness: Developing and improving your hospital's OB emergency simulation program." This is a webcast by the Premier HEN. For more information and to register click this link.When registering, please select "OTHER" as your organization.
  • September 27, 2014: "Taking Control of Your Diabetes Program" to be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA. For more information click this link to view the brochure and click this link to register for the event.

Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals:
August 12, 2014
10:00 A.M.
For dial in information, email

IHC August Conferences:
August 26th: HEN Learning Community
August 27th: IHC Annual Conference

For registration information, please click this link.

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