The event‘s theme: “Hold Us Accountable: Why Health Care Systems Want Employers to Demand Quality and Value.”
The Puget Sound High Value Network, which includes MCC, was formed in 2014 as a way for local health care organizations to remain independent but partner to provide a more flexible, affordable health delivery platform for purchasers like the Washington State Healthcare Authority, which sponsors the Uniform Medical Plan for more than 10,000 people.
President Christopher Kodama, MD, represented MCC on the panel alongside leaders from the network‘s other participating organizations: Virginia Mason, Overlake Medical Center, EvergreenHealth Partners, Seattle Children‘s and Edmonds Family Medicine.
Panelists answered questions from a moderator and audience about the network, ACOs in general and how they plan to achieve the triple aim: improved patient care experience, improved population health and reduced health care costs.
As part of the goals of the triple aim, the network will improve patient satisfaction by delivering the right care at the right time and right place or modality. The network is committed to delivering tailored, flexible and affordable care to each individual patient.
Virtual health is an important and emerging modality for achieving greater patient satisfaction, Kodama said during the panel. MultiCare currently offers two virtual health options: Doctor On Demand and MultiCare eCare.
Amid many health care mergers and acquisitions that have occurred in response to the increasing cost of health care in the United States, the Puget Sound High Value Network offers a different approach that allows health systems to partner differently.
What‘s the benefit of these care organizations partnering up? Kodama said it‘s threefold: the wider geographic spread allows greater convenience and access for members; members have diversity of choice among several providers; and the synergy between the participating organizations, who are working toward a common goal, allows them to successfully problem-solve together.
The Puget Sound High Value Network provides its members access to more than 600 primary care providers, about 2,650 specialists, more than 400 clinics, 11 hospitals, 33 urgent care clinics and five trauma centers located throughout King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. More information.