The policy recommends that the use of decision aids be standard medical practical practice starting in areas where cost-saving potential has been documented. The report proposes five key strategies:
- Create a verification process where health plans report on whether patients were offered decision aids in their decision-making process
- Establish federal standards for decision aids
- Require health professionals with substandard use of decision aids to seek pre-authorization of payments for services affected by decision aids
- Engage health professionals in the shared decision-making process and use of decision aids through CME and medical school curriculum
- Reform state informed consent laws to reflect that shared decision-making and the use of decision aids is the standard for valid informed consent.
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