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Mar

21

2019

Pregnancy and birth can be both stressful and joyful times for families. All families deserve support to ensure the best possible maternal infant health outcomes, and to set the stage for positive early childhood outcomes. Having needed support helps reduce stress and increase resiliency for...

Mar

15

2019

Every year basketball fans are excited to celebrate the collegiate basketball tournament series known as March Madness. During this time, the gambling public will spend approximately $10 billion wagering on the outcomes of the games played. In response to this, March was selected as Problem...

Mar

6

2019

The Healthier Washington data team, Analytics, Research and Measurement (ARM), has just launched a new data tool, the “Opioid Use Disorder Treatment for Medicaid Population Dashboard.” The dashboard will help the nine Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs)measure progress as they...

Feb

19

2019

By HCA Director Sue Birch As a nurse, I have long understood nurses’ pivotal leadership role in transforming health care systems. We are relentless in finding ways to provide whole-person care and focusing on person-centeredness. Our nation needs nurses as we drive toward a culture of health,...

Feb

7

2019

  On January 1, 2019, behavioral health coverage changed for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) Foster Care clients in all 39 counties in Washington State. With a shift to whole-person care, Apple Health managed care plans now cover behavioral health treatment services (mental health and...

Jan

31

2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019, marks the end of the State Innovation Models (SIM) grant. SIM created the foundation for Healthier Washington, a multiagency, multisector movement to transform the health and wellness system in Washington State. It changed the way we work together, use state purchasing...

Jan

28

2019

The WAPlanfinder app is the easiest way to manage your Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage on a mobile device. Now with new features, you can: Access a digital copy of your ProviderOne services card. Apply, renew, or report changes to your health coverage. You can use your...

Dec

11

2018

It started with an idea. Back in 2012, the Legislature passed a bill (Senate Bill 5940) to address concerns about the affordability of K-12 employees’ health insurance. Fast forward a few years, a few more bills and a lot of work, and the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program is...

Nov

2

2018

Washington is moving to integrated physical and behavioral health care for Apple Health (Medicaid) clients statewide by January 2020. The North Sound region (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan counties) had planned to integrate on Jan. 1, 2019. HCA has worked closely with the North...

Nov

2

2018

The state Health Care Authority (HCA) has revised its Value-based Roadmap to set the stage for health system transformation through 2021. The Roadmap describes how HCA's value-based purchasing (VBP) goals, delivery system transformation strategies, innovation successes to-date,...

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