BigNews.Biz - Apr 16,2017 - Reed Announces Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Selecting Care New England for Five-Year, $3.9 Million Cooperative Agreement
Integra Community Care will serve as local bridge organization linking clinical and community services
PROVIDENCE, RI - U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced that Care New England (CNE) has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as the recipient of one of only 32 national Accountable Health Communities model grants, awarding an anticipated $3.9 million for the five-year initiative focused on ensuring high-risk Medicare & Medicaid patients have access to high-quality health care services while also achieving cost savings.
The Integra Community Care Network, an accountable care organization comprised of CNE, Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation and South County Health, will serve as the bridge organization for the Integra Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Partnership in collaboration with and a broad, statewide network of clinical providers, community service organizations, academic institutions and governmental partners. Clinical sites will include Memorial Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, Butler Hospital, South County Health, The Providence Center, CODAC Behavioral Health and CCAP Health Center.
Through the cooperative agreement, qualifying patients will be screened for specific health-related social needs at each clinical site. Participants will be screened for needs in the following core areas: housing, food insecurity, transportation, interpersonal violence, and utility needs. Additionally, participants will be screened for needs in the supplemental areas of substance use/addiction and independent living/caregiver support.
“The Accountable Health Communities model is a patient-centered approach that addresses the gap between clinical care and community support services to improve overall health. By bringing the clinical and non-clinical sides together and making preventive investments, this program can help at-risk patients lead healthier lives and achieve significant cost savings for taxpayers,” said Senator Reed.
“The selection of Care New England to participate in this initiative is another win for Rhode Island. This will enable Integra to connect Rhode Islanders to resources in the community that go beyond their medical needs, helping with things like housing and transportation,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “Congratulations to Care New England on this award.”
“I applaud Care New England and their community partners for being awarded this $3.9 million cooperative agreement, which will empower providers to take a more holistic and innovative approach to patient care,” Congressman Jim Langevin said. “By addressing both the medical and social needs of patients, this five-year initiative has enormous potential to improve the health of Rhode Islanders while also lowering the overall cost of care.”
"I’m pleased to announce this federal funding that will preserve access to quality health care here in Rhode Island," said Congressman David Cicilline. "This important initiative will help lower costs and improve quality of care. This is a smart investment that will make a real difference in the lives of hardworking Rhode Islanders."
The overarching goal of the initiative is to impact the cost of health care and reduce avoidable health care utilization.
“Rhode Island is an ideal location to undertake this initiative because of our