Leading Healthcare Reform in Idaho
Healthcare reform and redesign started in Idaho long before the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2007, Idaho identified the need to transform its volume-based healthcare system to a value-based system. Since then stakeholders from across the state and across professions have been working to transform Idaho's healthcare system. The major milestones include:
Idaho Healthcare Coalition
Governor Otter's Executive Order 2014-02
on February 25, 2014 established the Idaho Healthcare Coalition (IHC) to guide Idaho's healthcare transformation to a model focused on patient health outcomes. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) was awarded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) State Innovation Model Test Grant ($39.6M over four years) to implement the State Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP). The IHC was charged with implementing SHIP, the blueprint for Idaho's transformation.
On April 7, 2016 Governor Otter signed Executive Order 2016-02
, extending the IHC's healthcare transformation guidance until January 31, 2019. The IHC continued overseeing the work of SHIP until its conclusion of January 31, 2019.