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The Community Checkup: Continuing the Alliance Tradition of Providing Quality Transparency

The Washington Health Alliance is on schedule to release the 16th Community Checkup report later this month with results for more than 2,300 unique entities, including clinics, medical groups, hospitals, and health plans with medical claims from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Included in this release are results for more than 100 measures, including measures in the Statewide Common Measure Set, created by legislation in 2014 and used to track the state’s progress on priority areas, including access, prevention, acute care, and chronic care.

With this release, the Alliance will begin reporting on three new measures approved by the Performance Measures Coordinating Committee (PMCC), the group that oversees the Common Measure Set:

  • Postpartum Care—measures the percentage of deliveries that had a postpartum visit between one and twelve weeks after delivery;
  • Prenatal Care—measures the percentage of deliveries that received a prenatal care visit in the first trimester; and
  • High Dosage Opioids—measures the percentage of patients who are 18 and older who received prescription opioids that were >90 MME for >15 or more days.

In addition, the Quality Composite Scores, the Alliance’s signature performance ranking tool, will have updated performance results by clinics, medical groups, counties, and Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) using 29 measures considered strong indicators of quality primary care, including prevention and screening, chronic disease care, avoiding unnecessary care such as emergency room visits and inpatient readmissions, and providing evidence-based treatment such as prescribing generic medications and avoiding the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

Stay tuned for our release announcement!

Published: March 1, 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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