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

Washington State Choosing Wisely Task Force publications and resources

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