accountable communities of health

Health Affairs on Accountable Communities of Health

The conversation around social determinants of health continues to buzz with a recent article from Health Affairs about what the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Accountable Health Communities funding announcement means for our idea of community health.  We at EHF have been talking about social determinants of health - factors like transportation, access to healthy food and adequate housing, and adverse childhood experiences - for some time (see the Health Iceberg illustration below), but the national attention is a new and positive development.  We are especially excited about the  focus on developing a workforce of health and social service navigators, or Community Health Workers, as well as the suggestion of future payment reform.  

Check out the full article on the Health Affairs Blog!

Congratulations to Better Health Together!

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We are pleased to congratulate our subsidiary Better Health Together on its official designation as an Accountable Community of Health from the Washington State Health Care Authority!  Read more about this exciting achievement, and learn more about how Accountable Communities of Health are working to create a healthier Washington, on BHT's website.

Spokane holds public forum on the state's new Medicaid Waiver Pilot

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We were so excited to be involved in the public forum on Washington's new Section 1115 Global Medicaid Waiver yesterday!  Alison Carl-White, executive director of Better Health Together, teamed up with Lynn Kimball of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and Kari Chapman of Catholic Charities Spokane to discuss the waiver program's potential roles in achieving the Triple Aim:  better health, better care, and reduced costs.

This waiver program utilizes Accountable Communities of Health and payment reform to incentivize better health outcomes on a population level, with a focus on reducing institutional treatment and making the move toward more home- and community-based supports.  Going even further, the waiver presents an opportunity to local communities to develop reinvestment strategies that capture savings and retain them locally, which we believe is truly game-changing.

Check out the Spokesman Review article below for more information on the forum and on the waiver program.