We cannot fix what we don’t measure. To improve quality, decrease waste and improve affordability of health care in this region, we need better information to assess performance and cost. The Alliance offers focused, data-driven reports on health care cost and quality in the state of Washington. The reports help the health care community determine how well we’re doing as a state to reach our goals for quality and value in health care.
Choosing Wisely® is a national initiative helping physicians and patients have conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and supporting physician efforts to help patients make smart and effective care choices.
Produced annually, the Community Checkup has become the go-to resource for unbiased, trustworthy data about the quality of health care in Washington state.
By looking at health care service delivery patterns for 11 common tests and procedures, the Alliance found significant geographic variation in how often these tests and procedures, which can be expensive and pose potential medical risk, are delivered.
Released in October 2019, “First, Do No Harm Calculating Health Care Waste in Washington State” utilized the MedInsight Health Waste CalculatorTM to produce an analysis of low-value health care services across the state. The report’s results show that for the 47 measures analyzed, waste appears to be on a downward trend from 2014 to 2017, 10 health care services account for more than $700 million in waste, how medical groups compare across the state.
Your Voice Matters is an initiative to understand patients’ experience with their primary health care providers. This is the only report of its kind in Washington state.
The Alliance analyzed the price variation for inpatient treatments in Washington state and analyzed which inpatient spending trends had the greatest effect on health care costs in Washington state.
As part of ongoing quality improvement efforts, the Alliance conducted a survey of primary care medical groups and clinics that had participated in the Community Checkup.
Between 2006 and 2007, our clinical improvement team developed reports on specific conditions or categories of care. Each report recommends clinical care guidelines, quality measures and strategies for achieving optimal performance on the quality measures.
The purpose of this report is to help providers who serve Medicaid populations better understand potential disparities within their practice and help them identify both areas of improvement and successes that can be replicated.
Sponsored by the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), eValue8™ is the nation’s leading, evidence-based request for information tool used to assess the quality of health plans.
Because pharmaceutical management is an important component of high quality health care, this report reveals the generic fill rate at the individual provider level for four classes of prescription drugs.
Efforts to reduce hospital readmissions not only improve the health of patients, but can also help control spiraling medical costs. This report looks at hospital readmissions for the commercially insured in Washington state.
Higher price of care does not necessarily mean higher quality care. Reports on health care prices, paired with reports on quality like you can find on our Community Checkup website, are important information for health plans, employers, providers and consumers.
The Resource Use report looks at utilization, or use of health care services, as a driver of health care costs. Using Community Checkup data, this report looks at the physician services offered for specific surgical procedures.
This report offers a unique look at the problem of potentially avoidable ER visits in Washington state.