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Kristen West Fisher presents at Health Innovation Leadership Network

Our VP of Programs Kristen West Fisher recently presented on Eastern Washington's efforts to improve oral health throughout the region at the Washington Health Care Authority's Health Innovation Leadership Network meeting last month.  She highlighted the great work being done by our subsidiary Better Health Together through their Dental Emergencies Needing Treatment (DENT) program, which aims to reduce dental-related emergency service use for Medicaid patients.  By growing the network of Medicaid dental providers and helping clients access preventive dental care, this program has already saved an estimated $2 million in emergency room funds in the first 18 months.  Check out Kristen's full presentation below.


Washington Health Transformation Retreat, January 19-21, 2016


EHF is proud to co-sponsor the first Washington Health Transformation Capacity Building Retreat, titled "The Art of Participatory Leadership."  The conference, coordinated by the Athena Group, will take place at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, January 19-21, 2016.  The goal of the conference is to bring together leaders in health from across the state to support collaboration toward better health, better care, and lower costs.  Learn more about the conference and register at the Athena Group website, and download a flyer below.


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


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.