Strategic Questions

Why are Whatcom’s rates of specialist visits, ER visits, inpatient stays, and readmission lower than those of other communities? 


Is Whatcom already pretty far down the path of health care transformation, and what does this say about the room for further improvement? 


Do you think that specialists and St. Joseph’s are less likely to engage in “supply-push” responses when their volumes and incomes are reduced than would be the case in other communities? 


If so, is this greater community-mindedness something that has already helped Whatcom achieve the cost reductions it has achieved?