HCA Connect blog

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Dec

4

2019

  We are excited to share that as of July 1, peer support services are now included in both the mental health and substance use sections of the Medicaid State Plan. Washington State started offering certified peer counseling trainings in 2005, and was one of the first 11 states to deliver...

Dec

3

2019

Megan has been a foster parent in the Olympia area for several years, her home being a known safe place for social workers to place kids whose families are in crisis. All foster care children in Washington are enrolled in Apple Health Core Connections, part of the Health Care Authority’s...

Oct

28

2019

Medicaid-eligible clients enrolled in both Medicaid (Apple Health) and Medicare are known as “dual eligible clients,” and many are eligible to participate in Washington’s Health Home demonstration project approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). New analysis from CMS...

Oct

22

2019

Earlier this month, Health Care Authority (HCA) revised the Value-based Purchasing (VBP) Roadmap and VBP Apple Health Appendix. Through these documents, we continue to lay the foundation for how HCA and our partners are transforming Washington’s health and wellness system. The roadmap describes...

Sep

27

2019

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) welcomes Vishal Chaudhry as HCA’s new Chief Data Officer (CDO). This effort has been cross-divisional work over almost a year exploring how to mature our data strategy and governance capabilities. Our goal was to create an organizational model that...

Sep

23

2019

The Health Care Authority has submitted its requests for the 2020 supplemental budget. In addition to routine annual requests for adjustments related to caseload and utilization, HCA is requesting support in several areas: Savings restoration: HCA’s current enacted budget contains savings...

Sep

20

2019

Washington is one of 15 states that will receive a planning grant to map out how to increase treatment capacity of providers to deliver substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services for Apple Health (Medicaid) clients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced...

Sep

16

2019

Background The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is currently in the planning phase of the prescription drug cost transparency effort – a result of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1224 in 2019. It is estimated that it will take up to 12 months to complete the rule making...

Sep

13

2019

To better support pregnant and parenting individuals with opioid use disorder, HCA has awarded a $550,000 grant to the UW School of Nursing. UW School of Nursing will develop and conduct opioid clinical training and development materials and will provide outreach to community-led and hospital...

Sep

11

2019

The Health Care Authority (HCA) welcomes Dr. Christopher Chen as the new associate medical director to Dr. Judy Zerzan – Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Chen started at HCA September 3, and comes to us from the University of Washington Valley Medical Center (VMC) where he served as the medical...

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