June 15, 2017

Selecting New Topics for 2018

Every year our members select new topics. This is an exciting time for our Collaborative – a chance to look back at our previous work and to think about how we can continue to help improve health care quality, outcomes, and affordability in our community. We will start our conversation on new topics at our…

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June 1, 2017

Working Together to Impact the Opioid Epidemic

Right now our workgroups are looking at both opioid prescribing and opioid use disorder treatment – focusing on prevention and on building our health system treatment infrastructure. We welcome you to join either of these conversations – and especially to give us feedback on our metrics to track opioid prescribing that are currently out for…

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May 8, 2017

Introducing the Implementation Roadmap and Survey Results

The Bree Collaborative has worked to survey the impact of our recommendations in hospitals, medical groups, and health plans since May 2016. From reducing inappropriate caesarian sections to improving end-of-life care, our survey shows where our recommendations or other similar quality improvements have been implemented. From this information we created an Implementation Roadmap outlining next…

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May 1, 2017

Health Care Authority Requests Information on Bundled Episodes of Care

The Bree Collaborative develops bundled payments or episodes of care in our Accountable Payment Models workgroup – we are currently re-reviewing our Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Bundle and Warranty and invite you to be a part of this conversation here. The Health Care Authority is also working to transform our health care system. In…

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February 28, 2017

What Is Public Health and Why Is It Essential

At the Bree Collaborative we talk a lot about health care procedures that we don’t need – that don’t make us any healthier and may in fact hurt us. A recent Atlantic article on the epidemic of unnecessary treatment, When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes, is an excellent study of overused treatments and…

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February 1, 2017

Seeing Our Shadow: Groundhog Day and Health Care Reform

One of my favorite movies is Groundhog Day. Bill Murray is hilarious and thought-provoking as a weatherman cursed to re-live February second over and over until he can learn to be a better person. Perhaps this is a lesson for all of us in self-improvement, paying attention to our community, colleagues, and neighbors, and making…

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January 9, 2017

The Washington Health Alliance and The Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative issue call to action to fight opioid misuse

Opioid addiction is driving the drug overdoses which are claiming too many lives in the US. In 2015 alone, 718 people in Washington state died from opioid-related overdoses. The epidemic is growing quickly, devastating Washington families and communities. There are many factors driving this crisis and nobody can solve it alone. Together the Washington Health…

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