OUR WORK

An overview and highlights from our current work

“People who are closest to the problem are closest to the solution.”

What We Do

HealthierHere brings people and organizations together from across sectors to improve health and advance equity in our community. To better support the health and social needs of people in King County, WA, we:

Build & Strengthen
Partnerships

Develop
Networks

Share
Resources

Drive & Test
Innovations

Together with our partners, we are building a system of care that works better for everyone.

What Success Looks Like

Our vision is that people in King County will experience significant gains in health and well-being because our community worked collectively to make the shift from costly, crisis-oriented responses to health and social problems to a connected system of whole-person care that focuses on prevention, embraces recovery and eliminates disparities. 

We believe the following will be essential to that improved system of care:

Mechanisms for consumer voice to help inform decision-making for healthcare

Care teams that are culturally competent and representative of community

Information sharing systems that support community-clinical partnerships

Payment models that reward improvement of health outcomes

As part of this work, HealthierHere serves as the Accountable Community of Health (ACH) for King County. There are nine regional ACHs in Washington State, each bringing together community members, cross-sector partners and other experts to explore new approaches to improving health and wellness as part of the Healthier Washington Medicaid Transformation. ACHs are able to earn time-limited funding by meeting specific reporting and health outcome metric requirements. Earned funds are reinvested in the region’s health and social services system. 

Innovation Targets

HealthierHere partners with community and clinical organizations to co-design, develop, test and implement innovations and partnerships aimed at improving health outcomes in our Innovation Target areas:

Physical & Behavioral Health
Integration
About
Outcome Metricsregional health outcome measures that we aim to improve as part of this Innovation Target work
  • Reduced Overuse (ED visits, Re-admissions)
  • Improved Behavioral Health
  • Improved Physical Health
Leverskey methods and tools we’re using to improve outcomes
  • Shared Care Plans
  • Enhanced Screening
  • Evidence-based Best Practices
  • Interoperable Data Systems
Project Toolkit Descriptionclick for full details outlined by the Health Care Authority:
Project 2A: Bi-directional Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health through Care Transformation
Safe & Successful
Transitions
About
Outcome Metricsregional health outcome measures that this Innovation Target aims to improve
  • Reduced ED visits
  • Reduced Inpatient Utilization
  • Reduced Readmissions
  • Fewer Released to Homelessness
Leverskey methods and tools we’re using to improve outcomes
  • Community Based Care Coordinators
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Linkages to Community Organizations
  • Interoperable Data Systems
Project Toolkit Descriptionclick for full details outlined by the Health Care Authority:
Project 2C: Transitional Care
Prevent & Manage 
Chronic Conditions
About
Outcome Metricsregional health outcome measures that this Innovation Target aims to improve
  • Reduced ED visits
  • Reduced Inpatient Utilization
  • Improvement on Clinical Measures
Leverskey methods and tools we’re using to improve outcomes
  • Self-Management Support
  • Population Health Management (Registries)
  • Team-Based Care
  • Community Health Workers (CHWs)
Project Toolkit Descriptionclick for full details outlined by the Health Care Authority:
Project 3D: Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
Reduced
Opioid Use
About
Outcome Metricsregional health outcome measures that this Innovation Target aims to improve
  • Reduced Mortality / Overdoses
  • Reduced Morbidity
  • Treatment Penetration
Leverskey methods and tools we’re using to improve outcomes
  • Improved Prescribing Practices
  • Increased Access to Evidence-Based
    Treatment (e.g., MAT)
  • Overdose Prevention
  • Recovery Coaches for Long-term Stabilization
Project Toolkit Descriptionclick for full details outlined by the Health Care Authority:
Project 3A: Addressing the Opioid Use Public Health Crisis

Partner Learning Webinars

HealthierHere’s Partner Learning Webinars are free lunchtime learning opportunities that feature local experts sharing practical knowledge and lessons learned about a variety of topics related to health care and social services delivery. Anyone interested is welcome to join, and partners are encouraged to suggest topics and speakers.

We also record and post previous webinars for viewing anytime:

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Pay for Progress 

HealthierHere has developed an approach to encourage the building and strengthening of foundational infrastructure in our health care system. We are calling this approach “Pay for Progress.” As part of their contract, HealthierHere Practice Partners can earn incentives by completing semiannual reporting requirements related to process metrics and improvement over self.  

Reporting occurs in July and December. 
Each Practice Partner Organization’s champion contact(s) will receive a link to our online reporting tool when the next reporting period opens. 

Pay for Progress Tools:
July 2020 Workbook coming soon

Reporting 
2019 HealthierHere (HH) Clinical Practice Transformation Incentives are organized into 5 bundles: clinical, population health, value-based payment (VBP), and equity.

Clinical 

  • MeHAF Assessment
  • Opioids Screening
  • Whole Person Care Screenings/Assessments
  • Use and Optimization of Collective Ambulatory (formerly PreManage)

Population Health

  • Assignment to a Practice Panel, Care Team, or Caseload (Empanelment)
  • Registry Functionality
  • Risk Stratification

VBP

  • HCP LAN Status & Goals
  • HH VBP Convening/Training

Equity

  • HH Equity Training
  • HH Equity Assessment
  • HH Equity Action Plan

Value-Based Payment (VBP)

Intro to VBP in Washington State Webinar – watch the recording of our 2019 “VBP 101” webinar

VBP Academy – Congratulations to our first cohort of 17 behavioral health partners who completed the academy in 2019.
Behavioral Health Agencies (BHAs) currently providing outpatient mental health and/or substance use disorder services in King County were invited to participate in this ten-month long learning academy. Participants gain a better understanding of value-based payment (VBP) models in behavioral health, quality improvement, data collection, and alignment of clinical delivery and payment systems. The Academy involves a combination of in-person meetings and webinars taught by experts in value-based payment from the National Council for Behavioral Health. This opportunity was offered through our partnership with Comagine Health, the Washington Council for Behavioral Health, and the National Council for Behavioral Health to offer a Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy (The Academy).

 

Innovation Fund

HealthierHere is moving forward to support partner-driven innovation initiatives related to achieving project-specific outcome metrics, and establishing and/or expanding innovative care models to improve health outcomes and achieve results.

Current initiatives include:

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Care Transformation 
Tests of innovation: 

  • Country Doctor Community Health Centers’ Innovative Approach
    to Transforming Medication Assisted Treatment in Central Seattle
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Buprenorphine at Navos
    Mental Health and Wellness Center Project ( Bupe NoWNoW) Expansion in South King County

This opportunity was developed in response to a care gap identified by HealthierHere’s Opioids Learning Collaborative. Projects aim to reduce the care gap for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) who have received a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) induction in an Emergency Department (ED) or jail, by enhancing warm hand-offs and reducing barriers for individuals to continue their MAT with community-based, low-barrier MAT providers. 

Reducing ED Utilization through Mobile Health Resources
Test of innovation: 

  • Seattle Fire Department’s Enhancing the Capacity of a
    FireFire-Based Mobile Integrated Health System in Central Seattle

This opportunity emerged from HealthierHere’s ED Use Workgroup. Projects aim to reduce the volume of hospital emergency department visits that result from “low-acuity” 911 calls by implementing innovations around the provision of or linkage to community support by mobile health resources, including, but not exclusive to, firefighters, paramedics (including community paramedics), emergency medical technicians, and caseworkers. 

We look forward to sharing more as this work progresses. 

 

Co-Design Collaboratives

Community and Clinical Practice and Innovation Partners come together across projects and sectors in HealthierHere’s Co-Design Collaboratives.

These interactive sessions bring our broad partner network together to continue the work of building partnerships, developing strategies to improve health outcomes, and creating a learning community that leverages and advances our collective knowledge.

Co-Design Collaboratives build on the work done in the Clinical Learning Collaboratives and the June 21 Community-Clinical Partnerships event with international experts Dr. Pritpal Tamber and Lori Peterson. Recent Co-Design Collaborative topics have included community care coordination and community information exchange (CIE).

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