Kentuckiana Health Collaborative Nationally Recognized for Leadership Efforts

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The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) was recognized along with the Florida Health Care Coalition as the 2018 Membership Leadership Award winner at last week’s National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) annual forum. The coalitions were celebrated for efforts to improve quality and efficiency of the healthcare delivery system. Several members of the KHC attended the event in Washington, D.C. KHC Co-Directors, Dr. Teresa Couts and Randa Deaton, accepted the award and thanked the staff, members, and community for coming together to make these accomplishments possible. The National Alliance released a press release for the recognition.

The KHC was recognized for its work to improve healthcare measurement alignment, youth mental health, and opioid use disorder risk assessment.  The KHC and the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services joined forces on the Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set, a public-private effort to create a common primary care measures set in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to improve the quality and value of care, reduce provider reporting complexity and align Kentucky’s healthcare measurement. Additionally, the National Alliance recognized the KHC for its mental health work with the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services Department of Behavioral Health to assist primary health care providers in implementing screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) into their practices and its partnership with StAMINA (Student Alliance for Mental Health Innovation and Action) to improve youth mental health.

The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions is a nonprofit network of business coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 45 million Americans, spending more than $300 billion annually on healthcare. The National Alliance is dedicated to driving innovation, health, and value along with its coalition members through the collective action of public and private purchasers. To learn more, visit

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