Working Together to
Create System Change

By itself, no single employer, physician group, hospital, community group, health plan or individual can create the impact needed to improve the quality and affordability of health care in Washington and decrease wasteful overuse and misuse of health care resources. Transforming health care takes the participation of everyone.

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By itself, no single employer, physician group, hospital, community group, health plan or individual can create the impact needed to improve the quality and affordability of health care in Washington and decrease wasteful overuse and misuse of health care resources. Transforming health care takes the participation of everyone.

Why the Alliance?

The Washington Health Alliance is a place where you can work jointly to transform the health care system for the better. We bring together organizations that share our commitment to drive change in our health care system. Working together, we can create the system change we would never be able to achieve individually. Our reports offer unbiased information and important insights that shape the way care is delivered, used and paid for in our state.

We are here to build a strong alliance among patients, doctors, hospitals, purchasers, health plans and others to promote health and improve quality and affordability by reducing overuse, underuse and misuse of health care services.

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Our Vision

Our vision is that by 2017, physicians, other providers and hospitals in the region will achieve the top 10 percent in performance nationally in the delivery of quality, evidence-based care and in the reduction of unwarranted variation, resulting in a significant reduction in medical cost trends.

The Value of the Alliance

For Purchasers

For Providers

For Other Organizations

The Alliance works to create a high-value, high-quality health care system

As a purchaser-led organization, the Alliance is responsive to the needs of public and private employers and labor union trusts to create a high-value, high-quality health care system. We serve as a catalyst of progress toward a better health care system.

We are committed to the following principles:

Leveraging your collective voice.

By speaking with one voice, purchasers can have a greater impact on providers and health plans.

  • Facilitating direct conversations with providers.
  • Evaluating and benchmarking health plan performance.
  • Speaking with and for purchasers as they work to increase value in the marketplace.
Learning best practices.
The Alliance provides the forum for critical conversations among purchasers about progress toward a better health care system.
  • Networking with other purchasers through the Purchaser Affinity Group.
  • Opportunity to compare your health care strategy with the market and peers.
  • Front-row insights into innovative reforms in Washington.
  • Providing tools for purchasers and their employees or members to help navigate the marketplace in a time of change.
Maximizing your work to improve value.
The Alliance offers tools that can help you identify opportunities to lower costs and make data-based decisions about benefit design and selection of providers.
  • Producing timely, practical and actionable material on how to get the maximum value in the health care market
  • Exposing variation in the price and quality of health care
  • Creating custom reports for benchmarking workforce performance
  • Objectively identifying high-value aspects of plans, networks and products in the market, as well as low-value sources, to inform benefit strategy
  • Providing members-only data on cost.

The Alliance offers you the information and support you need to improve the value of your health care investment. Join with leading national and regional purchasers to help transform the health care system.

By creating higher value health care, we can create better health.

Medical groups and delivery systems are crucial partners in the work of the Alliance. The Alliance recognizes that the efforts of providers to effectively implement changes in their business practices, choices and behavior will have an impact in creating higher value health care and better health. Join with our other participating organizations and take a front row seat in the effort to transform health care in Washington.

We are committed to the following principles:

Objective data to drive quality improvement and understand cost.
The Alliance’s rich data set helps you understand your performance relative to your peers and identify opportunities for improving quality and efficiency.
  • Comparative benchmarking through the Community Checkup. The Community Checkup is a single, objective report using claims on four million (and growing) Washington insured residents on the prevalence of effective primary care in medical groups.
  • Comprehensive patient experience data. The Alliance’s survey on the experience of more than 30,000 patients with care in their primary care doctors’ office is the only analysis of its kind in the region.
  • Members-only data on resource-use. The Alliance’s work on resource use for certain high-volume hospitalizations provides a clearer understanding of which delivery systems in our region consistently use resources more efficiently and how well they are positioned for payment reforms such as bundled or accountable care payment.
  • Data to support network and referral decisions and movement toward new payment models. Increased price transparency will offer providers the information they need to develop new models of delivering care.
Joining in the collective conversation to transform care delivery and financing.
The Alliance provides the venue for dialogue with all the participants in health care and is the one place where those who give care, get care and pay for care come together.
  • Direct conversations with purchasers. The Alliance offers the chance for delivery systems and purchasers to engage in conversations to better understand each other’s perspectives and expectations and to highlight providers’ capabilities. Alliance data can help you promote the quality of your practice as the market increasingly moves toward direct contracting with purchasers.
  • Connecting directly with community partners. The Alliance can help to facilitate direct conversations between providers, purchasers and plans to share value-payment mechanisms.
  • Engaging consumers to use price and quality information and embrace value-based benefits. Through its consumer engagement campaign, the Alliance offers support to providers working to educate consumers about how to make decisions that support high-value, high-quality health care.

The Alliance offers you the information and support you need to move our health care system to the next level. Join with leading medical groups and delivery systems to help improve our health care system.

Through collaboration, we can transform the health system.

The Alliance offers a singular opportunity to interact with all the participants in our health care system, including purchasers, providers, health plans and consumers. Our participating organizations have a front row seat in the effort to transform health care in Washington, helping to shape ongoing efforts to change behaviors, improve quality and efficiency and promote good health.

We are committed to the following principles:

Creating a forum for critical conversation.
  • By bringing all the participants in health care together, the Alliance offers an objective forum for members to share ideas, learn from each other and adapt during a time of rapid change.
  • Serving as a trusted source of information on health care quality and value to support informed decision-making and help increase health literacy.
Acting as a catalyst and reporter of progress toward a better health care system.
  • Measuring our health care system’s progress toward achieving better care, better health and lower cost.
  • Shining a light on promising practices to increase adoption in the marketplace.
  • Exposing variation in the quality and price of health care.
Thinking globally, acting locally.
  • Bringing national and regional thought leaders to the conversation to improve health care in Washington.
  • Working to make Washington state a leader in health care improvement nationally.

The Alliance offers you the opportunity to connect with all the participants in health care in order to work toward a shared goal: making Washington state a leader in high-quality, high-value health care. Join with leading national and regional organizations to help improve our health care system.