The Bree Collaborative — a group appointed by the governor representing clinical leaders from purchasers, providers and state agencies — released its latest draft report and recommendations on improvements in oncology care. The report has two primary focus areas: that all clinics follow the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Choosing Wisely recommendations for use of advanced imaging for low-risk breast and prostate cancer, and that palliative care be offered alongside active anti-cancer care, as needed.
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 Friday, Feb. 26. Please also send your comments or issues to Ian Corbridge, WSHA policy director for clinical issues at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 216-2514.
Once adopted, the collaborative will submit the final report to the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), 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 HCA contracts will contain more recommendations and practice guidelines from the Bree Collaborative. (Ian Corbridge)