HCA Connect blog

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...

May

2

2017

The HCA First Steps Maternity Support Services & Infant Case Management program managers will be traveling around the state between May and August to hear from local providers. We want to hear local successes, challenges and barriers to delivering these services and to provide an...

Apr

26

2017

HCA has issued a request for information (RFI) to learn more about what providers around the state have done with bundled episodes of care. This will help inform our future planning around bundled payments. Bundled payments are a key strategy for HCA's move toward value-based purchasing....

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...

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