Voices of a Healthier Washington
The voices here are a reflection of the vast and rich diversity we enjoy in Washington State. We have gathered points of view that represent not only regional and cultural distinctions but also reach into the diverse states of health that exist across humanity. These stories help us illustrate the health system transformation we’re striving for through the Healthier Washington initiative, from care coordination to value-based purchasing to integration of physical and behavioral health. We are thankful to all those who share their stories so we can be enriched by their life journey.
Duff France was born and raised in Alaska. Coming south with a friend, he found his way to Yakima and wound up homeless, living on the street for five years. “It was the worst time I ever spent,” Duff said.
Duff France was able to move...
Sandra T. Johnson
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Value-based payment aligns with what providers have been doing all along to reduce risk, improve services
After decades spent trying to control the cost of health care by limiting payments for episodic care, the federal government – which has long been the key payer and player in our system – is taking a step intended to fundamentally alter the ways...