Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced January 9 a final contract that ensures the state can continue transforming health care to achieve better population health, reward high-quality care and curb health care costs.
The five-year Washington State Medicaid Transformation Project provides up to $1.1 billion of incentives for rewarding high-quality care, taking a patient-centered, holistic approach to care, partnering with communities to address social determinants of health and holding down cost increases; as well as $375 million to support critical services for Apple Health clients.
WSHA President and CEO Cassie Sauer commented in the governor’s and HCA’s press release, saying, “This demonstration positively impacts the people of Washington by ensuring they get the right care at the right time, in the right care setting. This allows Washington hospitals to focus not only on the people who walk through our doors, but to provide innovative approaches to care to the whole community.”