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Health Technology Assessment

Notice: The June meeting of the Health Technology Clinical Committee will be conducted by webinar. 

  • Pre-register for the June 12 meeting using Webinar ID: 186-067-643.
  • To connect by phone: After registering, select Use Telephone, then dial numbers below:
    • Dial-in: 1-213-929-4212 Access code: 773-722-424
    • Audio PIN will be displayed after joining the webinar. You must enter your audio pin if you intend to provide comment during the meeting.

HTA serves Washington citizens by ensuring that certain medical devices, procedures, and tests paid for with state health care dollars are safe and proven to work.

About the program

We develop and make available scientific, evidence-based reports on selected medical devices, procedures, and tests. We support the independent Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC) in their work.

The HTCC:

  • Is composed of community health care practitioners.
  • Makes coverage decisions that apply to state purchased health care programs.
  • Uses the HTA reports and other information to determine the conditions for coverage.

Goals

  • Make health care safer by relying on scientific evidence and a committee of practicing clinicians.
  • Ensure consistent coverage decisions for state agencies.
  • Help make state-purchased health care more cost effective by paying for medical tools and procedures that are proven to work.
  • Ensure the coverage decision process is open and inclusive by holding public meetings, sharing information, and publishing decision criteria and outcomes.