EHF’s enthusiasm concerning the proposed Section 1115 Medicaid waiver proposal from the Washington State Health Care Authority continues to grow. An increased role for Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) is a particularly exciting development for us as the contractors for the Transforming ACHs Technical Assistance Project, also funded by the Health Care Authority. We believe that this is a truly transformative proposal, and that the opportunity for local communities to develop reinvestment strategies to capture savings from interventions is game changing. Growing out of HB 2572, which enabled value-based purchasing reform and established ACHs in Washington State, the Section 1115 waiver recognizes that health is about more than just health care, allowing local communities to prioritize and respond to their own needs. Part of the Healthier Washington plan to achieve the Triple Aim of Better Health, Better Care, and Lower Costs, this waiver incorporates a holistic approach that recognizes the importance of social determinants of health, including supportive housing services.
Our friends at the Washington State Hospital Association put together this video, which does a great job communicating the goals and changes associated with the Healthier Washington plan, including the role of ACHs in transforming delivery systems. What’s more, they even use our subsidiary, Better Health Together, as an example organization that is leading the charge in this work here in Eastern Washington. Take a look at the video above if you are curious and want to learn more about Healthier Washington and about ACHs.