Driving Improvement Together
The Washington Health Alliance (Alliance) recently completed a purchaser-led project with the central aim of using data and collaboration to fuel collective action. In its white paper, Aligning to Drive Value: Using Data, Relying on Evidence, and Building on Trust, the Alliance shares the learnings gained through its work with eight self-funded purchaser members, which includes private and public employers, union trusts, and a multi-employer plan. Together, they provide health benefits to approximately 550,000 individuals or about 7% of Washington state’s population.
Each purchaser received customized reports that identified high- and low-value improvement opportunities. These reports included 48 measures of low-value care using the Milliman MedInsight Health Waste Calculator™ that serves as the basis of the First, Do No Harm reports published by the Alliance and 24 measures of high-value care from the Community Checkup, a comprehensive report on health care quality that has been published by the Alliance since 2008.
Alliance purchasers selected improving the value of care for low-back pain as a shared priority for action. Informed by collaborative discussions with provider and health plan leaders, purchasers developed patient and provider-focused strategies to improve the care of low-back pain consistent with the strong evidence-base for non-opioid, non-invasive services.
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The Driving Value Project was supported by Arnold Ventures, a philanthropy dedicated to investing in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.