HCA Connect blog

Apr

21

2017

The next Performance Measures Coordinating Committee (PMCC) meeting will be Monday, April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the offices of the Puget Sound Regional Council, 1011 Western Ave, in Seattle. The meeting will be held in the 5th floor conference room. PMCC members will receive a...

Apr

20

2017

Nearly 7,800 people will be released from state prisons this year. What happens to them upon release depends largely on whether they can access the services they need to succeed in their community. Gov. Jay Inslee took on this issue in 2015 when he signed Executive Order 16-05, “Building Safe...

Apr

18

2017

This fall, our Healthier Washington team will host a two-day event focused on moving our state's health care system from volume to value-based care.  “A Commitment to Value” will take place on October 18 and 19 in SeaTac. Day 1: Purchaser Conference The day will include: Dialogue...

Apr

13

2017

Providers play a critical role in our state's efforts to transform the health delivery system. Part of building a healthier Washington is ensuring providers are supported in offering coordinated care that addresses physical and behavioral health, promoting clinical-community linkages...

Apr

12

2017

As the first point of contact for many patients, primary care providers have a unique opportunity to impact patient health and health care spending. A new white paper from the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network—of which HCA Director Dorothy Frost Teeter is a member—provides a “...

Apr

7

2017

By all accounts, the Health Care Authority’s inaugural Black History Month celebration in February was fun, successful, and informative—with more promised in years to come. “I believe our event helped raise awareness and understanding of black history, something that many people are just not...

Mar

30

2017

The Healthier Washington initiative is employing multiple approaches to achieving health systems change. One of the largest investments has been around building capacity for data analysis, interoperable systems and standardized measurement. This initiative is allowing us to get a big picture...

Mar

22

2017

One of the underlying goals of achieving a healthier Washington is to support providers in moving to integrated care. This means physical and behavioral health care are offered in a more seamless way that considers the whole person. As we approach the first anniversary of delivering integrated care...

Mar

16

2017

A new scorecard from The Commonwealth Fund on health system performance shows that Washington is one of the most improved states on the scorecard (moving from 16 to 10), and the best overall performing state on the West Coast. The scorecard evaluates Washington against other states on 40...

Mar

15

2017

Since its implementation in 2014, the ACA has been transformative for Washington, benefitting people and communities in many ways.  Background A major part of the ACA was expanding Medicaid to additional adults who hadn’t previously been eligible for Medicaid coverage. The ACA also...

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