The Bree Collaborative — a group appointed by the governor representing clinical leaders from purchasers, providers and state agencies — met Sept. 16 to consider new recommendations for prostate cancer screening. The group recommends against screening for average-risk men older than 70 and younger than 55. If screening is performed, it should be guided by a shared decision-making process and informed by a patient’s family history and risk factors.
The collaborative is interested in hearing your feedback on the latest draft report and recommendations. Please provide feedback via the online survey here by 5pm on Friday, Oct. 16. Please also send your comments or issues to Ian Corbridge, WSHA policy director for clinical issues, at (206) 216-2514.
Once adopted, the collaborative will submit the final report to the Washington State Health Care Authority, which can elect to use the report’s recommendations to inform contracting and purchasing for Medicaid and state employee programs. (Ian Corbridge)