December 15, 2017

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Washington Health Alliance's Community Checkup Report Finds Thousands of People in State Fail to Receive Recommended Health Care

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SEATTLE, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Washington State has a long way to go if it is to achieve excellence in the delivery of health care. That’s the key finding of the third results for the Washington State Common Measure Set for Health Care Quality and Cost released today by the Washington Health Alliance (Alliance) and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA).  The results of the 56 measures in the Common Measure Set, which are foundational to the Alliance’s Community Checkup, show that thousands of Washingtonians are not receiving the care they would be receiving if the health care delivery system significantly improved its performance. For example*:

93,000 more children would be receiving adolescent well care visits 47,700 more women would be screened for cervical cancer 6,500 more people would be taking their diabetes medication as directed Nearly 140,000 unnecessary visits to the ER would have been avoided

“Too often the quality of care a patient receives depends upon the door he or she walks through,” said Nancy A. Giunto, executive director of the Alliance. “While many individual clinics perform well on select measures of quality, overall the quality of care in the state isn’t nearly as good as our reputation would allow. Thanks to the Community Checkup, we have a road map for the areas where we need improvement and where we have successes to celebrate.”

This version of the Community Checkup report is the eleventh since the Alliance released its inaugural report in 2008. The report includes results for approximately 300 medical groups and 1,000 clinic locations of four or more providers in the entire state of Washington, drawing upon a database of approximately four million lives. Many measure results are also available for health plans, counties, Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) and on a statewide basis, while other measures are reported only at the statewide level.

As a result of the Community Checkup’s robust reporting, Washington was one of just three states recently awarded an A in physician quality reporting by the non-profit Altarum’s Center for Payment Innovation.

The Common Measure Set is an important element in the state’s ambitious Healthier Washington initiative which strives to make the Triple Aim—better health, better care and lower cost—a reality in Washington. Funded by a grant from the federal government, Healthier Washington has a goal of transforming health care in Washington State so that people

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