Greater Columbia plan approved

New health project offers more plans

— After a rigorous planning process, Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health has received state approval of its Medicaid Transformation Project Plan that was submitted in November 2017.

The Project Plan describes how Greater Columbia will transform health care in the nine county region, and improve the overall health of their Apple Health (Medicaid) populations.

Greater Columbia chose four project areas to tackle: the opioid crisis, integrating behavioral and physical health care, addressing chronic disease, and transitional care.

“These ambitious projects address some of the most pressing health issues facing the region, and will require our health partners to coordinate activities and services,” stated Rhonda Hauff, President of Greater Columbia ACH.

Greater Columbia covers nine counties, Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Asotin, Whitman, and the Yakama Nation.

The state’s contracted Independent Assessor, Myers and Stauffer, evaluated the plans against specific assessment criteria and issued findings.

Greater Columbia earned its full valuation, $24 million, which triggers the release of incentive payments, and marks the beginning of the implementation phase of the Healthier Washington Medicaid Transformation.

The Healthier Washington Medicaid Transformation is a partnership between Washington State and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Over five years (2017-2021), this partnership intends to improve the health care system, improve the overall health of Washington’s Apple Health (Medicaid) population, and use state resources more effectively.



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