Released by Washington State Health Care Authority, January 12, 2018.

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The state Health Care Authority (HCA) has produced a revised Value-based Roadmap to set the stage for health care transformation in 2018. The Roadmap describes HCA’s value-based purchasing (VBP) goals, delivery system transformation strategies, innovation successes to-date, and future plans to accelerate broad transition into value-based payment models.

The Roadmap is built upon several principles that are key to achieving better health, better care, and lower costs, including:

  • Rewarding the delivery of patient-centered, high value care
  • Improving quality outcomes and patient experience
  • Aligning payment and delivery reform approaches with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where appropriate, for greatest impact and to simplify implementation for providers
  • Increasing the long-term financial sustainability of state health programs

The Roadmap includes appendices on ways the VBP strategies have been applied to Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) and purchasing for public employees benefits. Read the Roadmap and appendices on the Healthier Washington Paying for Value web page.

Webinar series explores success with payment models

The HCA is eager to continue engaging with partners across the state on achieving these objectives. To support awareness and dialogue, HCA will launch a comprehensive VBP webinar series beginning January 31.

Paying for Value Webinar Series:

Results from the HCA’s VBP state survey and Roadmap review – An overview of how the state is moving the needle on paying for value.

Centers of Excellence – Highlights on the HCA’s first year using the bundled payment strategy to deliver quality care.

Rural solutions to care delivery – A status report on support to rural providers in shifting to value-based payment methodologies. This webinar doubles as the first Healthier Washington quarterly webinar of 2018 and will include HCA’s new director, Sue Birch, on the panel.

Achieving accountable care – Highlights of the components that have succeeded and demonstrates why more employers should consider adopting accountable care strategies.

How Medicaid Transformation and VBP intersect – Learn how VBP is foundational to community transformation and regional population health improvement.