Moving the health care market to value: Leveraging the power of purchasers

Until recently, health care purchasing is the one area in which usual business practices, such as supply chain management, are not employed to manage cost and quality. Purchasers have often felt powerless to negotiate for better value or felt they have little choice but to accept what health care providers and health insurance plans offer. That is changing. More and more purchasers are looking for value and a few are starting to explore value-based purchasing.

As part of the effort to move the health care market to value, King County organized a learning event on March 1 aimed at purchasers to help educate them on the principles of value-based purchasing. The event was also co-sponsored by the Washington State Health Care Authority, the Washington Health Alliance, Washington Roundtable and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

For those who were unable to attend, we hope the presentations and materials from the event will help others learn more about value-based purchasing and for purchasers to feel more empowered to demand value in health care.

Conference Presentations

Publications and Articles about Value-based Purchasing

Purchasing Information and Tools

Employee Communication Tools

Published: March 1, 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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