Help improve bariatric care with the Bree Collaborative

September 28, 2016

The Bree Collaborative — a group of governor-appointed clinical leaders from health care purchasers, hospitals, providers and state agencies — released its latest draft report and recommendations on bundled payment for bariatric surgical care. The bundle includes both quality standards and clinical components in four cycles: disability due to obesity despite non-surgical therapy, fitness for surgery, bariatric surgical procedure, and post-operative care and return to function.

The collaborative is interested in hearing your feedback on the draft report and recommendations. Please read the documents and provide feedback via the online survey. Feedback to the Bree Collaborative must be received by 5pm on Friday, October 21.  Please also send your comments or issues to Ian Corbridge, WSHA Policy Director for Clinical Issues at or (206) 216-2514.

Once adopted, the collaborative will submit the final report to the Washington State Health Care Authority, and the agency can elect to use the report’s recommendations to inform contracting and purchasing for Medicaid and state employee programs. We anticipate that future Health Care Authority contracts will contain more recommendations and practice guidelines from the Bree Collaborative. (Ian Corbridge)


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