Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
Free from harm
Activity in Washington State
In 2013, the Washington Health Alliance, Washington State Hospital Association, and Washington State Medical Association formed a statewide Choosing Wisely task force and a year later published a report analyzing claims from commercial payors and Medicaid in order to reveal variation in the utilization of 11 low-value services. The second edition of the report is scheduled to be released in 2016.
Publishing aggregate results of our analysis of Medicare Fee-for-Service claims data for four measures which, when combined with the commercial and Medicaid data accessed by the Alliance, helps create a more complete picture of our state. The results are available on our website and will also be published in the second edition of the Alliance report.
Mailing confidential reports to providers whose rate of ordering one or more of the four low-value services is statistically higher than the state average. (Letters are scheduled to be sent in mid-July.) We will not release the names of these providers.
Promoting the use of free tools and resources to encourage discussions about low value services—among stakeholders across the state and, most importantly, between healthcare providers and patients.