Washington Health Alliance receives funding from organizations focused on improving health care in the United States. Read on for details about our projects and partnerships.

Driving Value Supported by Arnold Ventures

The Alliance leveraged the First, Do No Harm report series on low-value care, as well as the ongoing work we do to report on high-value care in the Community Checkup, to create the Driving Value initiative, made possible with $350,000 in support from Arnold Ventures.

This support enables us to work with a group of self-insured purchaser members of the Alliance, representing more than 550,000 members across the state, to improve the value of care received by their plan participants. The Driving Value project provides purchaser members the opportunity to benefit individually within their own organizations, as well as to have a collective impact by working collaboratively with each other as well as with providers and health plan leaders across the state to propel action. The participants are currently in the process of exploring how they can collectively improve the value of care for those suffering with low back pain by increasing reliance on evidence-based, non-opioid, and nonsurgical treatments.

We are “the tip of the spear” in this kind of purchaser-led multi-stakeholder collaboration, according to our external advisor to the project, Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, who leads the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan. This effort is already attracting national attention with this innovative approach. Stay tuned for updates on our progress and learnings from this endeavor.