September 6, 2016

Surveying Our Community

Since we formed in 2011, we have made recommendations, such as having goals of care conversations as a regular part of oncology care, for improving quality and value for patients in our State’s health care system. Some of these recommendations have been formally adopted into contracts.  See last month’s blog post: From Concept to Contracting:…

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August 15, 2016

Selecting New Topics for 2017

Thank you to all who gave us input on selecting new topics. We discussed all these suggestions at our July meeting, decided on six, and will narrow this down to three final topics in September. The topics coming out of July’s meeting are: – Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Addiction – Blood and Blood Product…

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July 5, 2016

Why Value-Based Purchasing?

We think of value-based purchasing as a philosophy pushing our health care system to provide better care at a lower cost to help us all live healthier lives. Most of the health care that we receive today is fee-for-service, where clinicians, hospitals, and others are payed for the number of services they provide. Across the…

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June 1, 2016

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Every year our members select three new topics and each year we also spend time reflecting on our previous work, our successes, and how we can improve. This year we will be asking our members to reflect on the Bree Collaborative and would also like to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill…

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May 3, 2016

Integrating Behavioral Health

Behavioral health integration is a hot topic across the country and especially in Washington State. We were recently ranked 48th in the nation by Mental Health America’s 2015 report Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America – meaning that we have many people with mental illness but low rates of access to care….

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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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