New Milestone for HealthPath Washington

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The Health Care Authority and the Department of Social and Health Services have announced Regence BlueShield and United Healthcare as the “apparently successful” bidders for HealthPath Washington’s new Medicare and Medicaid coordination project launching in King and Snohomish Counties in April 2014. The two other bidders, Molina Healthcare and Community Health Plan of Washington, were not selected for the project.

The project aims to improve chronic care coordination for the 40,000 “dual eligibles living in King and Snohomish counties. According to Health Care Authority Director Dorothy Teeter, dual eligibles make up 13% of the agency’s caseload, but 30% of their costs making this an important project for cost containment as well as improved care. HealthPath Washington is also planning to launch health homes in all but two counties statewide this summer.

If you’re not familiar with HealthPath Washington, it is a state and federal partnership designed to integrate Medicare and Medicaid services for dual eligibles through:

  • •  Improve quality and coordination of care
  • •  Reduce expenditures
  • •  Foster relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • •  Share savings with the federal government