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Choosing Wisely recommendations should not be used to establish coverage decisions or exclusions. Rather, they are designed to start conversation about what is appropriate and necessary. As each patient situation is unique, providers and patients should use the recommendations as guidelines to determine an appropriate treatment plan together.

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5 QUESTIONS to Ask Your Doctor Before You Get Any Test, Treatment, or Procedure
 
Use these five questions when talking to your doctor to make sure you end up with the right amount of care - not too much and not too little. 


 
Advice for Caregivers: Treatments and Tests for Seniors 

  This “roundup” of medical issues and tips will help you and your loved one make decisions about getting the best care.
 
Five Questions to ask Your Doctor Before You Take Antibiotics

  Use these five questions when talking to your doctor to make sure you only use antibiotics for the right reasons--and at the right time. 

Antibiotics: When You Need Them and When You Don’t

  Learn about when and how to use antibiotics to help you and your loved ones avoid drug resistance.
Cancer Tests and Treatments (ASCO) 



  Some cancer tests, treatments, and procedures are not only unnecessary, they can even prove harmful. Here are five tests and treatments to question.


Colonoscopy (AGA) 


  Learn about when you need a colonoscopy, and when you might not.

Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis (ACR) 

  What you need to know about drugs that treat rheumatoid arthritis. 

Five Physical Therapy Treatments 

  The American Physical Therapy Association's list of five common treatments that are usually not helpful. 

Imaging Tests for Early Prostate Cancer (ASCO) 

  Risks from tests may be greater than the benefits - here's what you need to know.

Kidney Disease (ASN) 

  Four important tests and treatments you should carefully discuss with your family and doctor if you have chronic kidney disease. 

Painkiller Choices with Kidney or Heart Problems (ASN) 


  If you need a painkiller but suffer from high blood pressure, heart failure, or kidney disease, it’s best to steer clear of some commonly used pain relievers -- ibuprofen, naproxen and celecoxib. Learn why.

Palliative Care (AAHPM) 

  Palliative care is a big help when you are seriously ill. Learn why.

Pap Tests (AAFP) 


  Some women have the test when they don’t need it. Learn more here.

Treating Low-Risk Prostate Cancer (ASTRO) 


  If you have prostate cancer, but it poses a low risk to you, consider "watchful waiting," which will offer you treatment if it gets worse.


Urinary Tract Infections in Older People (AGS, AMDA) 

  If you don’t have symptoms, urine tests are not very useful. Learn more.


Vitamin D Tests

  Testing your vitamin D level to make sure it’s not too low is not always necessary. Learn more.
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