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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...

Sep

6

2019

As our state continues transforming Medicaid by testing new and innovative approaches to providing health coverage and care, we want to hear from communities about their experiences and priorities. The Health Care Authority is hosting two public forums this fall: Wenatchee: 6 to 7:30 p.m....

Sep

5

2019

The Health Care Authority has received an additional $21.5 million to continue our efforts to combat the opioid crisis.   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue efforts to combat the opioid...

Aug

6

2019

By HCA Director Sue Birch Washington is leading the way in building a health care system focused on the whole person. That means integrated treatment of both mind and body, and paying careful attention to the things that influence health, like housing, employment, nutrition, and education....

Jul

31

2019

Imagine a world where we interact with every life we meet as if we knew their story of hardship and trial – and engaged with them from that knowledge. Trauma happens to everyone. We know that traumatic experiences can affect how we relate to other people, how we keep ourselves safe, and how we...

Jul

25

2019

We at HCA are excited to highlight the work of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) by showcasing their 2019 Evidence Report - Investing in Primary Care: A State-Level Analysis. This report shines light on widely varying primary care spending patterns at the state level while...

Jul

18

2019

HCA has created the Emerging Therapies Workgroup in response to interest in new treatment methods from the medical community and patients alike. The workgroup’s primary function is to look at prospective and emerging therapies – specifically their impacts on patients in Washington State. This is...

Jun

27

2019

Earlier this year, Gov. Inslee declared June as Alzheimer and Brain Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that causes memory loss and affects self-care, decision making and behavior. There are currently...

Jun

25

2019

One of the most effective ways to counteract stigma about substance use disorder and mental illness is through stories of those who have lived experience with these issues. Two members of HCA’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council (BHAC) recently shared their stories of hope as part of the council...

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