HCA Connect blog

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,...

Oct

22

2018

  For her work ensuring housing is a critical part of conversations about whole-person health, HCA Acting Deputy Director for Behavioral Health and Recovery Melodie Pazolt recently earned the 2018 Friend of Housing Award. "If you have had the pleasure of spending five...

Oct

12

2018

The Health Care Authority's successful efforts to improve the cost and quality of joint replacement procedures among our Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program members are highlighted in the New England Journal of Medicine’s blog, Catalyst. HCA created the Centers of Excellence...

Oct

5

2018

The Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative, a Washington State health care leadership group, has chosen shared decision making as one of three initiatives to focus on in 2019. Shared decision making is a process that helps people have conversations with their health care provider about care choices, and...

Sep

28

2018

Gov. Jay Inslee is aiming to eliminate hepatitis C in Washington state by 2030 as part of his ongoing efforts to build a healthier Washington. The governor today issued a directive at Harborview Hepatitis and Liver Clinic that orders state agencies to work with local public health, tribal...

Sep

25

2018

By Sue Birch, Washington State Health Care Authority Director This piece appears in the Summer 2018 issue of  Washington Nursing  Commission News. Since I relocated to Washington earlier this year, the state’s focus on a culture of wellness through health transformation impresses me...

Sep

19

2018

The Health Care Authority's requests for the 2019-2021 state operating budget include proposed investments to strengthen our state's community behavioral health system and to implement the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program in 2020.  "As with past budget requests...

Aug

13

2018

In 2018, HCA began implementing the single preferred drug list (PDL) for Apple Health (Medicaid) client prescription medications. In order to manage complexity of the transition, a phased approach was chosen: Phase 1 began in January, Phase 2 in July, and Phase 3 will begin in October. HCA...

Jul

31

2018

Individuals from certain Pacific Island nations will soon have a new health care coverage option in Washington. Under a new law passed by the Legislature in 2018 and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, HCA will pay health care premiums for qualified individuals from Compact of Free Association (COFA...

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