Author Archives: Kristen West
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts–this is the essence of collaboration, a belief that the capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency of any individual or single organization is greatly increased by providing an opportunity for mutual education, sharing … Continue reading
Heading off the perfect storm
2011 looms as a year of widening gaps in Washington’s safety net (elimination of the Basic Health Plan and coverage for 65,000+ low income people, and cuts in Medicaid covered services, including dental and vision and Part D co-pays, to … Continue reading
Communities Connect: banking on a big ROI (someday)
Recently, my organization had to pony up ,000 to continue as a sustaining member of Communities Connect, a statewide association of community-based coalitions dedicated to driving local changes to ensure better healthcare access. We have paid that ,000 each of … Continue reading
What can we do to make delivery system reform a reality?
It can be hard to picture how today’s health care delivery system can morph into the best case scenario envisioned under reform–one where patients are at the center, care is coordinated across specialties and disciplines, and the focus is on … Continue reading
ACOs: Ready to talk details
We surveyed participants in our recent Accountable Care Organization learning session to get their impressions about what they learned and where they’d like to go next. In general, the sense from 22 people who responded was that there’s an appetite–even … Continue reading
How about a community ACO?
Could we provide lower-cost, better-quality healthcare in our region by creating a physician-led Accountable Care Community? In other words, use the principles of Accountable Care Organizations–shared responsibility for coordinated, patient-centered care–but structure it around the community instead of around institutions? … Continue reading