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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July 7, 2015

Looking Forward to July Meeting

To celebrate the four years since the Bree Collaborative began with Washington State House Bill 1311, we are dedicating our July 22nd meeting to looking at where we started, at our successes across the State, and to discussing where we’re headed. We hope you can join us at Cambia Grove in two weeks! Where We…

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June 15, 2015

Shared Decision-Making: Why Does It Matter?

You deserve to be actively involved in your health. Your health care team should treat you as a partner and work with you to decide what type of care or treatment is best. This is why shared decision-making is so important. Shared decision-making is a way for you and your health care providers to talk…

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June 1, 2015

Planning for Future Health Care

Congratulations to the State of Washington. You are doing the right thing for your employees. Planning for future health care needs just became much simpler. Through an online wellness program, State employees now have an easier time accessing and filling out advance directives, documents that the Bree Collaborative encourages everyone in Washington to complete. Our…

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May 11, 2015

Pain in the Back: When is health care treatment too much?

Our health care system is great at many things – like developing innovative ways of treating and managing illness. However, we often don’t know when enough is enough. Low back pain is a prime example of a health care topic that often has too much treatment but that is very common. Almost 80% of us will have some low…

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