Matt Handley, MD, senior medical director for Quality and Safety, Kaiser Permanente Washington, and chair of the Washington State Task Force on Choosing Wisely, presented at “Choosing Wisely: Opportunities and Challenges in Curbing Medical Overuse,” in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2017.
He sat on a panel of national leaders of the effort, describing the accomplishments of “Choosing Wisely,” a national initiative started in 2012 to foster a dialog on wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments, and procedures. In Washington State, this has included interventions to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and too-frequent Pap tests.
Dr. Handley emphasized leadership awareness in attending to technological change and cultural change in continuous improvement. “We want to end up with more reflective practice that is patient centered and recognizes the outcomes that are important to patients, and involves them in their care,” he said.