Alliance Supports Value-Based Care and Alternative Payment Models

March 21, 2022
Representative Suzan DelBene
2330 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Via Email

Dear Representative DelBene:

Thank you for your leadership and your support to increase the adoption of value-based care and alternative payment models across the country. This subject is of great importance to the Washington Health Alliance (Alliance), a multi-stakeholder collaborative with more than 185 members working to improve health care quality and lower cost in Washington state.

The Alliance stands by you and your commitment to improve the value provided by our health care system. To that end, I would like to bring you up to date on the Alliance’s work since we met in late 2018 as it may be helpful in your efforts. The Alliance is a credible resource, using its voluntary All-Payer Claims Database to support paying for quality rather than volume. Alliance reporting on cost, quality, and waste includes:

  • Total Cost of Care, analyzing the actual cost per member per month (PMPM) to provide health care services across the state;
  • Community Checkup, providing a comprehensive examination on dozens of health care measures for more than 2,300 distinct entities and;
  • First, Do No Harm, using 47 measures considered unnecessary and overused by the medical community to identify low-value care health care.

The Alliance has strong relationships with leaders in the value-based care movement and is itself considered an innovator. Supported by the Arnold Ventures’ Provider Payment Incentives Portfolio, the Alliance is working with 29 health plans, providers, purchasers, and allies to improve the value of care delivered to all patients with low-back pain in Washington state by reducing low-value and increasing high-value care.

I am happy to discuss with you and/or your staff how the Alliance can support your work on increasing value-based care, improving health care across Washington state, and supporting a higher quality and lower cost health care system nationwide.

All the best,

Nancy Giunto
Executive Director

Published: March 21, 2022

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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