We are fortunate to work with a range of partners and collaborators whose relationships are critical for enabling us to achieve the Lab mission of driving change that impacts the health of patients and populations. Consistent with Lab focus, collaborations are designed to prioritize the needs of our partners.
As such, some collaborations represent shared portfolios of work that VSSL and partners drive forward together, while other collaborations represent work that VSSL implements on behalf of partners. In the latter type, work can either be driven by partners based on prior work or directed needs; driven by VSSL in order to achieve progress toward partners' broad, overarching goals; or driven by a combination of both.
In collaboration with the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), VSSL has undertaken a body of work understanding telehealth use, and its role in health care payment and delivery in the state Medicaid program, in the Covid-19 era.
The first portion of this work culminated in a report, "Paying for and Delivering Telehealth in the Covid Era: Early Groundwork in WA Medicaid", that was prepared by VSSL in collaboration with the HCA. Read the report here. Ongoing work involves empiric analyses of telehealth use amid COVID-19.
VSSL also engages partners at different stages in the project lifecycle, ranging from earlier-stage ideation and creation phases to later-stage implementation and evaluation phases. Ensuring a balance is part of VSSL's definition of success in its partnerships. Current partners include the following:
Through working with different stakeholders on policy analysis, program evaluation, and implementation strategy, we have found that decision-makers and teams often benefit from a foundational understanding of core concepts, principles, and strategies in value and systems-science related topics.
To fill these needs, we work closely with interested partners to create and customize a collection of resources for use by their leaders and/or teams. While the content and format of resources in each of these "VSSL Vault" varies by specific partner needs, all center on a core set of value and systems science-based topics (e.g., payment and care delivery innovation; population health) and are geared for use in self- or guided learning by those serving in clinical, administrative, and policy roles.
Interested in learning more about creating a VSSL Vault for your team? Send the VSSL team a note via either the dedicated link here or the general comment form (accessible at the bottom of every page on the VSSL site).