HCA Connect blog

Feb

22

2018

On February 16, the Health Care Authority (HCA) released a request for proposal (RFP) for Centers of Excellence (COE) to provide a spinal fusion bundle episode of care. This RFP is part of HCA’s continued efforts to pay for value instead of volume in health care services. The spinal fusion...

Feb

20

2018

Meet HCA Legislative Relations Manager, Shawn O'Neill! Shawn gives us an update on what HCA is working on this session, with a special shout out to all our staff who are working hard to get things done in just 60 days during this short session.

Feb

20

2018

What went on during Sue's first month as HCA's Director? Get the January news about meeting legislators, the Governor's opioid epidemic response, accountable communities of health, and re-authorization of CHIP funding.

Feb

7

2018

Federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics are essential providers of care to Washington’s Apple Health (Medicaid) population. These primary care providers offer some of the most innovative and integrated delivery models in the state, yet their reimbursement structure makes it...

Feb

1

2018

HCA is eager to continue engaging with partners around the state on achieving value-based purchasing objectives. To support awareness and dialogue, HCA has launched a comprehensive webinar series.  Results from the HCA’s VBP state survey and Roadmap review - An overview of...

Jan

26

2018

How can doctors better understand what matters most to their patients, and share accurate and up-to-date clinical information? Shared decision making is a way for patients and their providers to work together to determine what is right for the patient in order for them to make an informed...

Jan

15

2018

Gov. Jay Inslee has requested legislation that calls for additional prevention and treatment measures in response to the opioid epidemic. Senate Bill 6150 was recently introduced by Sens. Annette Cleveland and Ann Rivers, and House Bill 2489 was introduced by Reps. Eileen Cody and Jay Rodne...

Jan

12

2018

The federal government this week signaled its intent to allow states to establish work requirements for Medicaid clients. This is the first time since the Medicaid program launched in the 1960s that employment criteria would be tied to Medicaid other than through pre-approved state waivers....

Jan

10

2018

This week, legislation was introduced at the request of the Health Care Authority to make clarifications to the 2017 legislation that created the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. The SEBB Program will launch in 2020, and will serve school district, educational service district, and...

Jan

4

2018

If you have Washington Apple Health (Medicaid), now you can manage your health coverage from your mobile device with the WAPlanfinder app, available in the Apple App Store or Google Play. The app allows you to: Sign in to your account View coverage status View...

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