Research and Markets: Seattle Healthcare Market Overview: Seattle Healthcare Reform Ahead of Curve

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Seattle, WA Market Overview" report to their offering. In many respects, the Seattle market is ahead of the curve when it comes to healthcare reform. The state has implemented programs to expand coverage for children, the working poor, small businesses and the uninsurable. All Seattle stakeholders, hospitals, physicians, health plans and employersare actively testing new models of more efficient healthcare delivery and reimbursement. Possible obstacles include the inability to share electronic medical records among entities and the still-precarious state budget. Highly profitable health systems should remain so, while a healthy populace and a push for generics signal a tough sell for the pharmaceutical industry. Questions answered in this report:

  • Robust profit margins are enabling health systems to continue major expansions Which health systems are investing more than $1 billion, combined, in new facilities? How were hospitals successful in rolling back a previous cut to Medicaid reimbursements? Which health system is using unique partnership agreements with physicians to expand its physician network?
  • Seattle has a moderately consolidated physician sector, with multiple large groups affiliated with health systems and health plans as well as large independent groups. Which physician group has implemented a strategy to curb unnecessary use of expensive diagnostic imaging services? Which physician groups are running medical homes and testing payment reform? Which group converted all of its clinics to medical homes in 2010?
  • Commercial enrollment in the Seattle market has declined as the economy has struggled and health plans have felt increased pressure from health systems when it comes to reimbursement increases. Which insurers are involved as payors in medical homes? Which carrier partnered with The Boeing Company in its medical home for chronically ill employees? Which health plan has had success in getting physicians to shift prescribing patterns to generics?


  • Key market indicators and leading organizations among health systems, physicians and health plans
  • Health systems market share
  • Income, revenue, enrollment and pharmacy spend for leading health plans
  • Demographics


  • Market Includes: King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties in Washington
  • Primary Research: Analysis of HealthLeaders-InterStudy data, Billians HealthDATA, local and state news and industry reports and interviews with local healthcare executives

Key Topics Covered:

  • Updates: Key Market Events
  • Executive Summary
  • Seattle Market
  • Health Systems & Hospitals
  • Physicians
  • Health Plans
  • Pharmacy
  • Demographics & Statistics
  • HealthLeaders-InterStudy

Companies Mentioned:

  • The Regence Group
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • UW Physicians
  • Group Health Permanente
  • Northwest Physicians Network
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • MultiCare Medical Associates
  • The Everett Clinic
  • Swedish Health Services
  • UW Medicine
  • Franciscan Health System
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Puget Sound Health Alliance

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KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Washington

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Health  Public Policy/Government  Other Government  Other Health  Professional Services  Insurance