Accountable Care Organizations / Health Information Exhange

Nation’s Largest HIE System Coming to Chicago

Plans are underway in Chicago to develop the MetroChicago Health Information Exchange (HIE), expected to serve 9.4 million patients.  WAHA, through its Transforming Health Care project, hopes to develop a similar system here in Whatcom County. HIEs have the potential to improve quality of care and health outcomes  and reduce health care costs by allowing providers … Continue reading

Accountable Care Organizations / Consumers

Community Organizing Group for Health

The Community Organizing Group for Health (COGH), a key component of the Transforming Health Care in Whatcom County Project, has just signed their charter! It contains a list of goals that the COGH feels are necessary to adequately represent the community in the transformation of the Whatcom County health care system. To learn more about … Continue reading

Accountable Care Organizations / Care transitions

WAHA Awarded Federal Grant for Care Transitions Project

WAHA is pleased to announce it has been recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a federal grant award to fund a new Care Transitions program called Project Impact. This is a multi-year award of up to $5.7 million that will reimburse the cost of assisting patients to make safe transitions between care … Continue reading

Accountable Care Organizations

Perspectives on Developing Accountable Care Organizations

The New England Journal of Medicine has published two recent blog posts that offer perspective on creating Accountable Care Organizations. In Achieving Accountable Care — “It’s Not About the Bike,” ACOs are described as  the vehicles for achieving improved care, reduced costs and better outcomes, with their ultimate success riding on health care delivery systems. Building … Continue reading