About the Taking Action on Overuse Project

The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2015 to address an important question: We know what we need to do less of, but how? This work occurred in three phases:

  • Phase I: The Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package
    Informed by a comprehensive literature review; a national scan of innovative approaches tried by leading health care organizations; interviews with leaders of 23 overuse-reduction initiatives; input from an advisory group of experts in health care, behavioral economics, learning, policy and management, patient advocacy, and overuse-reduction initiatives. Learn more about this initial work through our open-access article in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation.
  • Phase II: Testing the Framework and Change Package
    Three health care organizations tested the framework in an overuse reduction project. Read our lessons learned from the experience. And more about each organization’s experience can be read in our open-access article in American Journal of Medicine: Taking Action to Address Overuse: Common Facilitators and Challenges.
  • Phase III: The Safety-Net Clinical Value Champion Fellowship
    Learning in Phase II how important clinical value champions are to successful overuse reduction initiatives, we launched a Fellowship program for six clinical value champions working in safety-net settings. Watch their capstone presentations from the end of their Fellowships. After training this first group of champions, we created learning modules and a project workbook based on what was learned. These are available to train and support new value champions in their overuse reduction initiatives.

About MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation

The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation bridges the worlds of health services research and health care delivery to inform and improve both. We are located within Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, a research organization that shares our commitment to publicly available practical research. We collaborate with a wide variety of organizations to develop new models of health care, lead research on complex system change, and provide training, facilitation, and technical assistance in model application and care improvement. Learn more about our work.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at @RWJF or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

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