The Alliance offers products and services that promote the improvement of the quality and cost of health care in Washington state. We share our findings through publications, consumer-friendly websites and provide customized reports as a benefit of membership. Using these reports, we convene stakeholders to help drive improvement in the health care system.
In the Driving Value Together initiative, the Alliance uses data and collaboration to fuel collective action with self-funded purchaser members. In the Aligning to Drive Value: Using Data, Relying on Evidence, and Building Trust white paper, the Alliance shares the learnings from this project that uses 24 measures of high-value care from the Community Checkup and 48 measures of low-value care from the Milliman MedInsight Health Waste Calculator™, that serves as the basis of the First, Do No Harm reports, to create customized reports for each purchaser. Through a collaborative process, the purchasers identified low back pain as an area to focus efforts to improve the quality of care by supporting non-opioid, non-invasive services.
The Community Checkup is the umbrella under which the Alliance releases all of its public reports. The core of the Checkup reports on the quality of health care around Washington, both at the medical group and clinic level in select areas and at the county-level for the entire state. Using the Alliance’s database covering millions of Washington residents, the Community Checkup measures the delivery of care in such areas as chronic disease, preventive screenings and appropriate use of services. The Community Checkup also includes measures of quality care for hospitals. In addition, the Community Checkup encompasses a broad range of reports that rely upon the Alliance’s data for analysis.
These include reports on:
- Potentially avoidable emergency room visits
- How where patients live affects the care they receive
- Hospital sticker price variation
First, Do No Harm: Calculating Health Care Waste in Washington State utilizes the Milliman MedInsight Health Waste Calculator™ to produce an analysis of low-value health care services across the state. The most recent results show that for the 47 measures analyzed, waste appears to be on a downward trend from 2014 to 2017 and 10 health care services account for more than 90% of the low-value care studied. This report includes the Alliance’s first comparison by medical group for the delivery of low-value care across the state.
eValue8 is a tool developed by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions to measure the performance of health plans. The Alliance conducts eValue8 every other year, convening meetings between purchasers and plans to discuss results.
Own Your Health is a campaign to empower consumers to become active participants in their own health care. The Alliance works with members to provide customized materials to help consumers take control of their health and health care.