Helping employees find high-value health care

Value in health care means high quality and a good patient experience at a fair price. Purchasers have a big role to play in helping their employees and members get high-value care through smart benefit design and employee communication and engagement. As a group, employers and health trusts have enormous power to shape the health care market.

One way employers can help is by encouraging employees to be “savvy shoppers.” That’s why, in partnership with the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Healthier Washington initiative, we’ve created a campaign called the “Savvy Health Care Shopper.” The campaign includes a video, a series of infographics and a brochure for you to use to help you and your employees know how to get high-value health care. We encourage you to share these materials with your employees, members and even your friends and family.

Please consider incorporating the Savvy Shopper video on your website or send in an email. Use the infographics in your employee newsletter, at a health fair, or on employee bulletin boards. And please pass along any feedback you receive!

Thank you for your help getting the message out. Together we can improve the quality and value of health care for people in Washington state.

Published: January 7, 2016

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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