The Quality Program supports our commitment to ongoing quality care for our members. We have developed standards and performance goals and continue to monitor them to identify improvement opportunities.
The Quality Program includes:
- Accessibility and availability standards
- Advance directives
- HEDIS reporting
- Provider advisory groups
- Site review standards
Asuris believes in the power of information to transform the health care system. The Patient review feature on our website gives our members the opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences with participating providers, including physicians, dentists, other health care professionals and facilities.
Members have two access points to provide feedback:
1. From a processed claim, accessed within a member's asuris.com account
2. From the provider profile within the authenticated Find a doctor tool, allowing the member to provide more immediate feedback
Our members can give providers an overall numerical ranking and provide comments about their experience. The reviews are posted to the Find a doctor tool on our website and are visible to all users, both public and authenticated, of our provider search tool.
Patient reviews allows members to share information in a semi-public setting, creating a level of patient transparency and directness. We have taken steps to encourage responsible use of this feature, including:
- Members are required to use a unique screen name and agree to our transparency tool partner's Conditions of use (PDF) (beginning on page two) before posting any comments about their experience with a provider.
- The Conditions of use prohibits members from posting any material or information that is "illegal, unlawful, obscene, threatening, harassing, abusive, harmful, false, misleading, defamatory, or invasive of privacy." The Conditions of use also require the member to acknowledge that they are legally responsible for the information they post on the tool.
- We review each comment before it is posted (and therefore visible to users) to determine whether the comment violates the Conditions of use.
If you feel that your patient's comments violate the Conditions of use, please send your appeal in writing via an email or letter to your provider consultant. You will be notified that we have received your appeal within three business days. The Patient review appeals team will then notify you of their decision within 10 business days. If the patient's comments are determined to adhere to the Conditions of use, the comments will remain posted. If, however, it's determined that the patient's comments violate the Conditions of use, the comment will be removed.
If you would like to post a response to your patients' comments, begin by:
- Carefully reviewing our vendor's (HealthSparq's) Conditions of use (PDF) (beginning on page two).
- Completing the Provider response form (PDF) (on page one)
- Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before your comments are posted:
- They will be reviewed by the site moderator.
- If accepted, your comments will be posted within two business days and will be visible to all users on the patient review screen.
You will be notified if your comments violate the Conditions of use and, therefore, will not be posted.
Our Individual, group and administrative services only (ASO) members can access estimates for certain medical procedures and services using the Cost estimator tool on our secure member website. The tool is integrated into our Find a doctor tool, helping members understand their treatment options so they can make more informed health care decisions in partnership with their providers.
The Cost estimator gives our members regional averages and provider-specific costs at the:
- Service level (a single procedure)
- Treatment level (diagnosis through episode completion)
- Encounter level (services from check-in through check-out for a visit or stay)
Members can search by more than 800 common treatments, procedures and services, including:
- Office visits
- Diagnostic labs
- Physical therapy
- Well-baby check-ups
- Immunizations and vaccines
- Pregnancy services (delivery)
- Imaging services, including MRIs, X-rays, etc.
The tool allows members to compare options based on the estimated average cost and treatment timeline. Members search for cost estimates within their selected geographic area. Cost results are based on average estimates from a 12-24-month period and are tied to the member's specific benefit plan. The Cost estimator includes provider quality information and reviews to help our members select a provider that is right for them.
The cost estimate incorporates the member's:
- Preventive care benefits
- Out-of-pocket maximums
- Accumulators (the amount of deductible met by processed claims)
- Cost share information (including coinsurance, visit limitations, upfront benefits and/or copayments)
Cost estimator results are limited to in-network providers. The results are average costs from Preferred network claims received with a 12-to 24-month timeframe. If a service is not a general benefit offered in all of our plans (e.g., chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, mental health, or bariatric services), they are not included in the search tool. Therefore, your facility, practice or some of the services you offer may not be included in the results. Members can review their benefit information within their authenticated account or by contacting Customer Service.
We make quality measures available on a community basis by partnering with community collaboratives. Community collaboratives are organizations that bring data from broad sources together to create quality performance measures that can be used by all in the community.
By providing useful quality and cost information to our members, we are creating a culture where patients learn to access and experience value in health care.
We decided to pursue this strategy for many different reasons, including:
- Learning is shared
- Duplication is minimized
- The combined results are greater
- Access to national support/external resources may be more readily available
We actively support and participate in the following community efforts:
The Washington Health Alliance is made up of community members (employers, physicians, hospitals, consumers and health plans) working toward a shared goal of improving the quality and costs of health care in their area. While the organization is focused on the Puget Sound area—King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties in Washington—this collaborative group is viewed as a regional model.
Medical and technical experts throughout the region worked together with the Alliance to develop the Community Checkup Report, providing a foundation for improving health care quality and affordability. Compare health care at clinics or hospitals, and activities of health plans statewide.
Today, there are 98 community hospitals in Washington State. The Washington State Hospital Association takes a major leadership role in issues that affect delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care.
The Washington State Hospital Association and its member hospitals publish information which is available to consumers. This information allows consumers to make informed decisions about where they choose to seek care.
In addition, WSHA assists policy makers and the public measure the cost and quality of hospital care. Information on hospital pricing and quality and answers to commonly asked questions about hospital bills can be found on the WSHA Web site under Hospital Transparency.