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Health-Care Quality Project Launches in W.Va.

Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

  Organizations in West Virginia have launched an initiative to improve health care quality throughout the state.

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care on Thursday launched the initiative called Choosing Wisely in West Virginia.

The program is patterned after a national initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation that's geared toward ensuring that health care providers are providing the right treatments when necessary. More than 60 medical specialty societies have joined the national initiative since its creation in 2012. The initiative has identified more than 250 questionable procedures, tests and drugs.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the state initiative has garnered the support of partners like the West Virginia Nurses Association, the West Virginia State Medical Association, the West Virginia Primary Care Association and others.

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