AGP Foundation Funds WA Health Study
Amerigroup Foundation Funds Study to Lower Health Costs in WA
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Friday, December 7, 2012) – The Amerigroup Foundation has contributed $30,000 to a study focused on improving the health care of individuals in Snohomish County, Washington. The study examines system planning, service delivery and data sharing and analysis across the County with a primary goal of streamlining the current infrastructure creating more efficient processes.
“We are pleased Snohomish County will benefit from the Foundation’s generous grant,” said Rosy Cozad, president and chief executive officer Amerigroup Washington. “The state of Washington is an established leader in medical technology and data systems. We look forward to building upon the current system to create the most efficient approach to health care for the communities we serve.”
The study, initiated six months ago, has begun to analyze the county’s high utilization patterns in emergency response plans, emergency rooms, behavioral and mental health systems and health insurance plans to identify the frequency of high utilizers within and across the systems. The research focuses on three primary objectives:
- Improve access to and coordination of health care
- Improve health outcomes and increase alternative treatment options for individuals who would typically be transported to the emergency room for treatment following a 911 call
- Reduce health care related costs for taxpayers
“Once we identify how each system is used and what patterns exist, we’ll be better equipped to look for ways to improve them,” said Ken Stark, Human Services director of Snohomish County. “We’re already deep in the research and excited about the potential results.”
The results of this study will be used by the Snohomish Health Policy Group, an executive level forum representing health plans, emergency medical response teams, hospitals, and the mental health and substance abuse network to collaborate on initiatives to create a more efficient health system with better outcomes. This study will serve as a model for other communities statewide to identify and provide better intervention and care for all those in need.
About the Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup Corporation (NYSE: AGP), a multistate managed health care company based in Virginia Beach, Va. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.