By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator, WAServes/WestCare Washington
There is a national movement to reduce the traditional communication barriers existing amongst community stakeholders and health care providers related to improving the access, coordination, and delivery of patient care services. Helping to drive these innovations is the growing use of information-sharing platforms like UniteUs combined with Medicaid transformation.
WestCare Washington’s, coordinated case-management program, WAServes, was an early user of UniteUs. WAServes recently initiated conversations with leadership representing the state’s largest health care provider, Kaiser Permanente. These discussions raised awareness on the thousands of Washington state Veterans who are likely receiving care from Kaiser and have increased understanding of the potential value of integrating Veterans’ benefits and resources into patient care support. Additionally, they highlighted the connection between Veterans’ resources and Kaiser’s goal of “Total Care” and explained how patient care plans enhanced with Veterans’ benefits will advance Kaiser’s Medicaid transformation goals with their lucrative fiscal incentives.
Our next actions include collecting data and identifying Veterans currently using select Kaiser clinics, introducing care team coordinators to WAServes, and composing an informational article for Kaiser’s staff newsletter. Our long-term vision in this groundbreaking partnership includes the recognized value contributed by WAServes’ involvement and the prospect of compensation for our professional expertise and services.