Free Value-Based Toolkit Available to Help Primary Care Practices Maximize Success

Free Value-Based Toolkit Available to Help Primary Care Practices Maximize Success

A toolkit to help primary care practices better understand Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and achieve financial success in in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and commercial insurance contracts is now available from the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub.

The toolkit is available on the Hub’s Resource Portal and consists of downloadable examples, tools, and templates to optimize practice performance on APMs, or increase fee-for-service (FFS) revenue without compromising APM contract performance. Click here to access the toolkit.


Register Now for “Integrated Care and the Expanding Role of Nurses” Training Workshop

January 9, 2018

Seattle Airport Marriott, SeaTac, WA

This free, one-day training is designed to help current nurse care managers in integrated care settings or those interested in this role learn key tools, principles, evidence, and skills for supporting whole-person care.

Registration is now open, but limited! To register, click here.

When registering, choose one of the following workshops to join for the full day:

• RN Behavioral Health Care Manager Role in Primary Care Settings

• RN Primary Care Manager Role in Behavioral Health Settings

• RN Care Manager Role Treating Opioid Use Disorder*

• RN Care Manager Role Overview and Administrative Considerations

*Sponsored by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) and University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI).


Presented by the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub and its partners:

• University of Washington AIMS (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions) Center

• University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI)

For additional information, contact UW AIMS Center WA Support: Juliann Salisbury at (206) 221-5819 or email


Quality Payment Program (QPP) Support at No Cost to You!

The clock is ticking for physicians to participate in MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2017. The Qualis Health team of experts is available to help answer your questions at no cost to you. They have helped many practices prepare for the program and learn how to avoid a penalty in 2019.

A key focus of this assistance is for small (15 or fewer physicians), underserved, and rural practices to assure that practices are prepared for success with Medicare Part B’s new pay for quality payment program. Qualis Health may be reaching out to you by phone. Please alert your team to be on the alert for these calls. 

To reach Qualis Health directly and get your QPP questions answered, call (877) 560-2618 or email QPP resources are also available online. 

Webinar offers toolkit for success with alternative payment methods

The Practice Transformation Support Hub is offering “A Value Based Toolkit for Primary Care,” a two-part webinar that explains alternative payment models (APMs) and clearly identifies which patient populations, services, and approaches to chronic condition management boost revenue and financial success in MIPs, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and commercial insurance contracts.
The November 1 webinar explains a path to success and the November 8 webinar describes how to choose what will work best for your practice. The toolkit that accompanies the webinars includes dozens of examples, tools, templates and explanations that will optimize your practice’s performance on APMs, or increase your revenue on contracts with traditional payment methods without compromising performance on APMs.

Report: Providers engaging in practice transformation across state

An interim report on the Practice Transformation Support Hub describes the many ways that this Healthier Washington initiative is charting the course for change in the health sector.
Highlights from the report:
• In the first half of 2017, Hub Connectors made 819 contacts and connections in all regional service areas across Washington.
• The Hub’s Connector/Coaches surpassed their first six-month goal of enrolling 75 practices in the Practice Transformation Support Hub. By June they had engaged 51 behavioral health organizations, 43 primary care practices, two substance use disorder clinics and two combined behavioral health and primary care services for a total of 106 participating organizations.
• The Resource Portal continues to expand its resources and tools. Since the launch of the first version in February, 141 resources have been added to the Portal. The Portal will launch its 2.0 version in the fall of 2017.
Read Charting the Course for Change: An Interim Report of the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub

Medication-Assisted Treatment in an Integrated Group Visit Model

The group visit model has been used successfully to address diabetes and other chronic health conditions. The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) has implemented a group visit model for providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. SIHB professionals will present information on how the integration of behavioral health with primary care transformed into a group visit model to provide MAT. Preliminary outcomes data will be presented as well as SIHB’s experience with reimbursement for this new model. Participants will discuss opportunities and challenges for implementing MAT group visits in underserved communities following the SIHB presentations.

Last Day to Apply for the Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy for Behavioral Health Agencies

The Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub is partnering with the Washington Council for Behavioral Health and the National Council for Behavioral Health to offer a Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy (Academy) to licensed community behavioral health agencies currently providing outpatient mental health and/or substance use disorder services. The Academy is free of charge to the agencies chosen to participate and Phase I will run from October 2017 - January 2018.
The National Council has had great success with similar academies and is looking forward to customizing the same level of expertise and data-driven instruction to Washington. Participation in the Academy is limited to 20 agencies, so please review the attached materials and submit completed applications to by Tuesday, September 19th.

To access and fill out the application, click HERE.