WHA releases 14th Community Checkup report

In August, the Washington Health Alliance (WHA) announced the use of a new quality composite score to compare medical care quality in Washington State. The composite score combines up to 29 measures included in WHA’s Community Checkup reports – which measure quality of care delivered to Medicaid and commercially-insured populations – into a single number.

WHA’s first report utilizing the quality composite score ranked quality of care by county and by individual Accountable Communities of Health. Their latest report, released Wednesday, evaluates these quality scores for clinics and medical groups across the state.

The composite score brings together measurements that are considered to be indicators of strong primary care such as prevention and screening, coordinated care, chronic disease care, and cost-effective care.

 

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According to the new report, for the commercially-insured, the Polyclinic, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Washington are the top three performing groups. These three organizations performed above the state’s 80th percentile. The lowest on the list are Sound Family Medicine, Trios Medical Group, and RCCH TRIOS HEALTH LLC, which all performed below the 47th percentile.

For the Medicaid-insured, International Community Health Services, University of Washington Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Washington took the top-ranked spots, while Skagit Regional Health, Community Health Center of Snohomish County, and RCCH TRIOS HEALTH LLC sat at the bottom.

 

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“The many medical groups whose performance on these measures is at or above the state average deserve recognition,” says WHA Executive Director Nancy Giunto, “but it’s important to note that this ranking is not exhaustive of all aspects of care quality, nor is it inclusive of all providers across the state. It is, however, an important indicator of overall performance on important measures of primary care for the state’s largest medical groups.”

The full Community Checkup report includes comparisons of Washington’s statewide performance to national benchmarks and a deep dive into adolescent well-care visit variation across the state. The full report is available here.

This article was updated September 25, 2020 to reflect changes made to the Community Checkup report by the Washington Health Alliance. The previous version of the report included a miscalculation in 5 of the measures used.