WSHA Comments on State Innovation Proposals

August 12, 2020

WSHA recently provided input regarding two state health care proposals:

  • Cascade Care Subsidy Study. In its comments to the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (HBE), WSHA detailed the ways hospitals currently are already subsidizing low-income health care and urged the HBE to examine broader funding models that do not unduly burden hospitals. (Shirley Prasad, )
  • Multi-Payer Primary Care Transformation Model. In its comments to the Health Care Authority, WSHA indicated it supports the general concept and direction of the proposed model, but emphasized the importance of the details in ensuring a successful model. WSHA urged HCA to ensure the workgroups forming the details of the model include broad representation and appropriate subject matter expertise. It also recommended participation for primary care clinics be optional rather than mandatory. Considerations such as proper attribution of risk, availability of community services, and sustainable payment will be key to the success of the model. (Andrew Busz,


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