The Puget Sound Health Alliance’s Community Checkup report (www.wacommunitycheckup.org) measures the quality of care provided by hospitals, clinics, health plans and other health care providers in the Puget Sound region. Started in 2008, the report provided performance results for clinics and medical groups in the region based on claims data supplied by health plans, self-insured employers and union trusts. Since then, the Alliance has expanded the report, including the number of organizations supplying data so the report reflects care proved to an even larger percentage of the population in the region. Health plans have also been added to the Community Checkup report.
The Community Checkup report for medical groups compares certain aspects of effective care, especially for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and depression drawn from the Alliance’s large multi-payer database of claims data supplied by health plans and self-insured purchasers. Report results for hospitals are drawn from state and national sources such as the federal Department of Health and Human Services “Hospital Compare” reporting process. Report results for health plans are based on scores calculated using eValue™, a tool developed and maintained by the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH).
The Puget Sound Health Alliance is a nonprofit, nonpartisian collaborative in a five-county region: King, Kitsap, Pierce, Sohomish and Thurston counties. Alliance participants include employers, physicians, hospitals, patients, health plans, and others from throughout the region.