population health

2016 State of Reform Recap

EHF enjoyed the January 7th State of Reform’s Seattle conference in SeaTac with EHF Vice President Kristen West Fisher, our incoming Chief Strategy Officer for Health Systems Alisha Fehrenbacher and Better Health Together Executive Director Alison Carl White serving on panels throughout the day.    EHF Board Members Lisa Brown, Sue Lani Madsen and Mary Selecky were also in attendance representing EHF. 

Better Health Together's Executive Director Alison Carl White talks Accountable Communities of Health at the 2016 State of Reform conference in Seattle.

Better Health Together's Executive Director Alison Carl White talks Accountable Communities of Health at the 2016 State of Reform conference in Seattle.

This conference is always filled with health leaders and our active presence provided a great opportunity to highlight our work to thought leaders and funders from throughout the state.  This conference is particularly timely as it is held just prior to the January 11th start of the legislative session.  

Take a look at Kristen's panel presentation below.

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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.