New home for HCA’s value-based purchasing website content

March 2, 2021: Value-based purchasing (VBP) now has one dedicated section on the Health Care Authority (HCA) website. The new VBP section contains new and updated information about:

  • VBP and value-based payment.
  • How HCA advancing VBP through various activities, such as alternative payment models, contracting requirements, and more. This includes the Multi-payer Primary Care Transformation Model and rural transformation.
  • How the VBP Roadmap and Apple Health Appendix are guiding VBP efforts.
  • How HCA tracks success through our annual Paying for Value surveys.
  • How HCA works with partners.

Tips for health care providers on coping with pandemic crisis

May 4, 9:30-11 a.m. 
HealthCare Providers/Community Members: Helping children, families and you cope with crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic 

This session, intended for health care providers and other community-based professionals, will summarize the principles of psychological first aid and common reactions that may be seen in any crisis event, including the current pandemic. Practical advice will be shared on how to provide support to children and families during the current pandemic. The session will underscore the need for professional self-care and highlight some of the barriers as well as some potential solutions. Ample time will be devoted to questions and discussion. Together, we will consider how best to support children, families, and ourselves during this evolving pandemic. There are clock hours available. 
Please register.

February focused on heart health in U.S.

February is American Heart Month, where we raise awareness of how to reduce our risk of heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in America. Now is a great time to remind clients and ourselves of the importance of staying active, eating healthy and seeing our doctors. National Wear Red Day falls on February 5. This is a day meant to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease in women, who underestimate their risk of cardiovascular disease. Go to the Cardiovascular Connection page to download a toolkit to help you promote awareness with your stakeholders.

For some great behaviors to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease, practice the Great 8.

Created by the state Department of Health's Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Prevention unit, the Great 8 is a visual-based tool created to improve communications between health professionals and patients, especially patients with low health literacy and limited English proficiency, and is available in 27 languages. It provides a shared visual language that can improve communication in a team-based care setting.

For more resources on Heart Month, visit CDC, NIH, and the American Heart Association


WA Listens accessible in times of personal need

January 19, 2021: Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. 

The state COVID-19 Assistance Hotline is a general information line related to COVID-19. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127, then press # or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. 


COVID-19 response volunteers needed

January 12, 2021: There is an urgent need for professionally licensed volunteers to support the current COVID-19 response. Currently, the greatest areas of need are nursing professions – Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, etc. Additionally, we need doctors, physician assistants, pharmacists and other medical professions.

Those interested may register as an Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioner in the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (WAserv) at

WAserv is a statewide registry of volunteers who stand ready to respond during public health emergencies. Once registered in WAserv, the Department of Health contacts volunteers with information on how they can help. Volunteers might be asked to assist local facilities with vaccinations, care for COVID-19 patients, or support medical staff in other ways, depending on their expertise. 

For more information about WAserv, visit the WAserve web page or read the WAserv fact sheet. For questions email:


Training begins for community health workers

January 5, 2021: Community Health Workers play a critical role in the health of their communities, linking diverse and underserved populations to health and social service systems. The resources provided on the WA Portal are just the tip of the iceberg. The state Department of Health offers core training, which includes health specific modules and training in Spanish. Find out how to sign up.


Great 8 tools expanding to include mobile devices

December 29, 2020: The Great 8 is a visual-based tool created to improve the discussion about cardiovascular health between health professionals and patients. The team behind this tool is expanding the resource to make it easier to use out in the field with just a cell phone. Learn more about Great 8.


Care Connect Reaching People in Need

December 15, 2020: Care Connect Washington is a program run by the state Department of Health for people who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed and need support so they can isolate or quarantine at home. Read the announcement


WA Portal now includes WA Listens resource

December 8, 2020: WA Listens is a vital pandemic resource as more people are impacted by stress and fatigue.

Find out more

Accountable Communities of Health earn full incentives

December 1, 2020: After a rigorous independent assessment process, all Washington State Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) will earn full credit and incentives for the first half of the federal grant demonstration year. See the summary of ACH achievements and findings report.


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