April 18, 2016

Bringing Transparency and Quality Standards to Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery causes your body to lose weight by limiting the amount of food your stomach can hold. This weight loss surgery is becoming increasingly common. Our State’s health care leaders and Bree Collaborative members asked us to look into helping to make this surgery safer and more standard across Washington State. The Centers for…

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April 1, 2016

Help Us Implement Our Recommendations

The Bree Collaborative is hiring! Since being founded by the Washington State Legislature in 2011, we have developed eight reports and recommendations, three bundled payment models and warranties, and two endorsements. With all this great work and with the support of Healthier Washington, we are focusing on implementation of our recommendations across Washington State and…

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March 14, 2016

Join us this Wednesday, March 16!

The Bree Collaborative is meeting this week – Wednesday, March 16 from 12:30 – 4:30 at the beautiful Waterfront Activities Center on the University of Washington Campus. Join us for coffee and hear how we are working together to improve Washington State’s health care system.  Agenda is here. Members will be voting on final adoption of our Oncology Care Report…

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March 3, 2016

Starting Work on How Antipsychotics are Prescribed to Kids

One of our new workgroups for 2016 will look into how and when antipsychotic medications are prescribed for children, adolescents, and teens. Among the types of medications that can change brain function, antipsychotics have great potential for being prescribed too often or at too high a dose. These drugs are often prescribed for aggressive or…

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February 1, 2016

Help Us Improve Oncology Care

The public comment process is a huge part of what makes our recommendations work. We want everyone who is interested, but especially patients, to read our recommendations and let us know what works, what doesn’t work, what makes sense, and where we should push our healthcare system even further. Our Oncology Care workgroup has been…

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January 1, 2016

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Balancing effective pain management and patient-centered opioid prescribing is a primary goal for our health care community. Opioids, medications that relieve pain, can be harmful when over prescribed or when prescribed incorrectly. In our State, hospitalizations from opioid overdose and even death from prescription opioids and heroin have increased significantly in the past ten years.[i]…

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December 1, 2015

Spotlight on Community Partners: Washington Patient Safety Coalition

As we head into the Holiday season and New Year, we look back at the great work done in 2015 and are thankful for the dedication and persistence of our Bree members and many community partners. The best example of this comes from our November meeting. Despite being interrupted by a fire alarm and having…

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November 3, 2015

Notes from the Chair

The Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative “ … to provide a mechanism through which public and private health care stakeholders can work together to improve quality, health outcomes, and cost effectiveness of care in Washington State.” When I was asked to chair the Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative in March of this year I jumped at the…

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October 1, 2015

Prostate Cancer Screening: Harms, Benefits, and Uncertainty

Prostate cancer is common, but our best way of screening men with the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is not very accurate. This means that many men who did not need to be treated for prostate cancer are treated and experience the potential for negative side effects or harms from diagnosis and treatment. Evidence conflicts…

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September 8, 2015

Bundling Payments, Improving Care

The Bree Collaborative is committed to working with all of our members and partners to improve health care quality, outcomes, and affordability in our state. This is what the legislature asked us to do when we were founded in 2011 and what we have continued to do when we looked at how babies are born,…

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