Alliance Efforts to Support High Quality Health Care Reaches International, National and Statewide Audiences

The Alliance’s work continues to draw diverse audiences for its innovative approach to using data to improve the quality of health care.

Last month, Washington Health Alliance Executive Director Nancy Giunto presented virtually at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ 67th annual conference. The IFEBP has 32,000 members, including Taft-Hartley management and labor trusts, corporate benefits professionals, service providers, public employee plan representatives from the US and Canada and members with global benefit programs. Approximately 25 million people are impacted by the reach of International Foundation members, with many related to multi-employer plans.

The IFEBP is dedicated to providing the employee benefits community with objective, solution-oriented education, research and information to ensure the health and financial security of plan beneficiaries worldwide. The IFEBP’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits: 2021 Survey shows that 97% of employers reported that overall worker population is “somewhat or very stressed.”

Nancy also presented at her alma mater last month, The Ohio State University at its Management & Policy Alumni Society’s virtual conference on “Innovation, Sustainability and the Future of Health Care.” Nancy used the Alliance’s Driving Value Project to address the topic, “Improving Affordability and Value in Health Care Through Multi-Stakeholder Action.” OSU has a special place in Nancy’s heart─she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Communications and also earned a Master of Health Administration there (that makes her a double Buckeye!).

Later this month, Alliance Medical Director of Performance Measurement and Practice Transformation Sharon Eloranta will present to the Washington Academy of Family Physicians quarterly CME on “Effective Tactics in Practice Toward Value-Based Payment.” The Academy of 3,700 members works to inform and support family physicians, influence policy, promote interest in family medicine, and support high-quality family medicine education programs. Sharon will provide practical guidance on how physicians can use the Alliance’s Quality Composite Scores and First, Do No Harm results to improve the quality of care delivered to their patients.

Published: November 1, 2021

About Washington Health Alliance

The Washington Health Alliance is a place where stakeholders work collaboratively to transform Washington state’s health care system for the better. The Alliance brings together organizations that share a commitment to drive change in our health care system by offering a forum for critical conversation and aligned efforts by stakeholders: purchasers, providers, health plans, consumers and other health care partners. The Alliance believes strongly in transparency and offers trusted and credible reporting of progress on measures of health care quality and value. The Alliance is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 185 member organizations. A cornerstone of the Alliance's work is the Community Checkup, a report to the public comparing the performance of medical groups, hospitals and health plans and offering a community-level view on important measures of health care quality (www.wacommunitycheckup.org).

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