Building on years of measuring health care quality metrics, and additional reporting on the total cost of care, the Washington Health Alliance will release on Tuesday (16th) its first-ever report on the cost of health care in Washington state through an equity lens. Using the Neighborhood Atlas, also known as the Area Deprivation Index, this new report will look at how costs associated with care vary in a number of settings based on areas of socioeconomic advantage or disadvantage.
As Washington state’s multi-stakeholder health care collaborative, bringing together more than 185 health care purchasers, providers, and health plans, among other organizations, the Alliance has put a focus on driving market change that will lead to more affordable and accessible high-quality care for all Washingtonians. Core to that mission is ensuring that residents from all communities across the state can receive the highest quality of care despite longstanding barriers. Beginning earlier this year, the Alliance has relied on its All-Payer Claims database and the Neighborhood Atlas to focus the conversation on where the most substantial gaps exist.