In 2013, The Washington Health Alliance partnered with the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) 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.
The task force members are health care providers from the major health delivery systems in Washington state and the project leads represent the co-sponsoring organizations.
The Washington State Choosing Wisely Task Force strives to change behaviors and create measurable improvement through a variety of tactics: education, outreach, building practice models and frameworks and developing resources and toolkits for providers and health care systems.
One of the early successes of the task force was developing the Choosing Wisely Claims-Based Technical Specifications, a set of measures that could be used to evaluate provider implementation of Choosing Wisely recommendations. The 2016 Choosing Wisely Technical Specifications are now available. For more information on the Technical Specifications or to learn more about the work of the task force, contact Laurie Kavanagh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington State Choosing Wisely Task Force publications and resources
- Less Waste, Less Harm: Choosing Wisely in Washington State
The first state-level report in the nation to measure appropriate use of select Choosing Wisely recommendations.
- Choosing Wisely Action Manual
For physicians or other health care leaders struggling with how to integrate Choosing Wisely’s evidence based best practices into their practices or organizations, the Choosing Wisely Action Manual takes a step-by-step approach to making system-level changes.
- Choosing Wisely®: Implementing in Washington State
A video playlist from October, 2013 launch event.
Discover resources you can use to implement the Choosing Wisely recommendations.
- Things Physicians and Patients Should Question
Evidence-based recommendations from medical societies on when a test may help, and when it may not.
- ABIM Foundation Resource Center
Resources to help individuals and organizations adopt and promote medical professionalism in practice.
- Washington State Medical Association: Information for Physicians
Resources for physicians, including web-based education modules.
- Choosing Wisely in the news
Media stories relevant to Choosing Wisely.
- Resources for Choosing Wisely
An action manual for physicians and other health care leaders.
- Video on equipping physicians to reduce low-value care
Presentation from Dr. Matt Handley, Chair Washington state Choosing Wisely Task Force
- Swedish Medical Center: Rethinking the practice of ordering daily labs to reduce waste and improve care
Following Choosing Wisely recommendations, Swedish Medical Center encourages physicians to only order tests that are clinically relevant. This simple process change is resulting in 14,000 fewer unnecessary lab tests annually.
- Rockwood Clinic: Adding Choosing Wisely recommendations into existing culture of quality
Read how one health system has successfully embedded Choosing Wisely recommendations into their existing quality improvement culture.
- Group Health Cooperative: Increasing provider-patient shared decision-making and reducing unnecessary testing
Group Health used the Choosing Wisely campaign as a way to encourage provider and patient conversations on the necessity and safety of tests, treatments and procedures and to avoid unnecessary or potentially harmful care.
- “When to say whoa” wallet card and “When to say whoa” rack card
Use these materials so your employees or patients have the right information at their fingertips.
Task Force members
- David Buchholz, MD, Premera Blue Cross
- Marisa D’Angeli, MD, Washington State Department of Health
- Christopher Dale, MD, MPH, Swedish Medical Group
- Tanny Davenport, MD, MMM, SignalHealth
- Connie Davis, MD, Skagit Regional Health
- Jill Dudik Bross, MD, Samaritan Healthcare
- David C. (DC) Dugdale, MD, University of Washington (UW) Medicine
- Sharon Eloranta, MD, Qualis Health
- Scott Foster, MD, MPH, PeaceHealth Medical Group
- Matt Handley, MD, Kaiser Permanente
- Dale Hoekema, MD, Kadlec Health System
- Kent Hu, MD, MPH, The Everett Clinic
- Dan Kent, MD, United Healthcare Community Plan
- Gary Knox, MD, Rockwood Clinic
- Scott Kronlund, MD, Northwest Physicians Network
- Pat Kulpa, MD, MBA, Regence BlueShield
- Francis Mercado, MD, CHI Franciscan Health System
- Randy Moseley, MD, Confluence Health
- Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- John Robinson, MD, SM, First Choice Health
- Jae Sim, MD, Edmonds Family Medicine