HCA Connect blog

Jul

18

2017

As the state’s largest health care purchaser, we are committed to shifting health care reimbursement away from a system that pays for volume of service to one that rewards quality and outcomes. We will drive 90 percent of state-financed health care to value-based payment by 2021. We also are...

Jul

14

2017

HCA Acting Director Lou McDermott today sent a message to stakeholders and partners summarizing key budget and policy implications for HCA and the people we serve. Among the highlights: Medicaid transformation The budget provides spending authority for HCA’s Medicaid transformation...

Jun

21

2017

23,500. That’s the current number of children and young adults enrolled in the Apple Health Core Connections Program, and membership continues to grow. The Washington State Legislature directed the Health Care Authority (HCA) in 2014 to enroll foster children, foster care program alumni (...

Jun

20

2017

Representatives from 13 states—including Washington—met recently with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices to discuss areas of bipartisan agreement on how to improve the state-federal partnership on health care. The conversation focused on both private health insurance and...

Jun

12

2017

To better serve customers, the Health Care Authority (HCA) recently streamlined the Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) application process. Individuals can now submit applications electronically online through Washington Healthplanfinder, as with many other Washington Apple Health (Medicaid)...

Jun

2

2017

Proton pump inhibitors (PPI), such as Prilosec®, Nexium®, omeprazole, are prescribed to treat heartburn and stomach acid reflux disease, also called GERD. Using these medications for a long time is not the best option for most people. Prolonged use can make it hard to absorb nutrients from food or...

Jun

1

2017

A new report from the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network—of which HCA Director Dorothy Frost Teeter is a member—supports organization leaders exploring alternative payment models in thinking through the outside information they'll need and the processes to obtain it. Organizations who...

May

31

2017

HCA's School-Based Health Care Services Program will be offering two training opportunities for the 2017-2018 school year. School districts and educational service districts (ESDs) participating in the program may receive Apple Health (Medicaid) reimbursement for providing...

May

19

2017

To help spread the implementation of new models of health care around the state, the Health Care Authority has issued a Value-Based Purchasing Toolkit designed for decision-makers of health care purchasing. Value-based purchasing is a strategy employers can use to improve the quality...

May

12

2017

A recent news report details changes to Community Health Plan of Washington and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options. Neither change affects Washington residents for whom the Health Care Authority purchases health care coverage. Community Health Plan of Washington will continue...

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