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Washington Health Alliance Joins National Effort to Reduce Price Confusion

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
12/03/15  2:48 PM PST

By Rob Smith for Puget Sound Business Journal

The Washington Health Alliance has been tapped to participate in a national effort to reduce the cost of health care.

The Seattle-based nonprofit organization, which consists of 175 health-care groups across the state, works to bring price transparency to health care, with the goal of reducing costs.

The Alliance this week was chosen as one of four organizations across the country by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement to participate in the Total Cost of Care project, which seeks to identify ways to streamline care costs across different hospitals and health providers.

“This project dovetails perfectly with our work to address the barriers to price transparency in Washington,” said Nancy Giunto, the alliance’s executive director.

Funding for the project is provided by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in the United States focused solely on health care.

The alliance, which employs 11 people, is known locally for its annual “The Community Checkup” report that measures the quality of health care throughout Washington state.

Read the Full Article at Puget Sound Business Journal.