Choosing Wisely® is a national initiative helping physicians and patients have conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and supporting physician efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices. The Alliance was awarded a grant from the ABIM Foundation to help advance the goals of the Choosing Wisely campaign.

National organizations representing medical specialists created lists of five common tests or procedures whose use in their profession should be discussed or questioned. These “Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” lists provide specific, evidence-based recommendations physicians and patients should discuss to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care for them. The Alliance selected five of these topics based on their importance to the health of people in Washington.

Washington State Choosing Wisely Task Force

In 2013, The Washington Health Alliance partnered with the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association to form a task force committed to ensuring safe, high-quality health care for patients in Washington state through reducing health care overuse and waste. Learn more about the Washington State Choosing Wisely Task Force.

The 2016 Choosing Wisely Technical Specifications is now available. For more information, contact Laurie Kavanagh at

Less waste. Less harm. Choosing Wisely in Washington state

Read the two years of reports measuring appropriate use of select Choosing Wisely recommendations. Our findings show that patients in Washington state may be exposed to unnecessary care. The reports offer county-by-county results for different Choosing Wisely recommendations.

Spotlight on Improvement

Our monthly series highlights real stories of health care quality improvement. These case studies showcase organizations using Choosing Wisely to reduce “low-value” care.

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For employers

Interested in sharing this Choosing Wisely information with your employees? The Alliance partners with employers to help customize Choosing Wisely materials through campaigns that can include emails, newsletter articles, downloads, posters and more. Contact us to learn more about how you can create a Choosing Wisely campaign to reach your employees.