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$1.6M Grant to Help NH Improve Health Care Through Innovation

Funds will allow state to develop comprehensive health innovation plan.

Gov. Maggie Hassan announced on Feb. 22, that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded up to $1.6 million in federal funds to develop a State Health Care Innovation Plan to improve quality and reduce growth in health care costs through improved coordination. The State Innovation Model grant program, issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and made possible by the Affordable Care Act, will allow New Hampshire to develop a strategy to transform the health care delivery system through multi-payer payment reform and other state initiatives.

“Innovating in health care is critical for reducing the growth in health care costs and improving the quality of care for all of our people,” said Governor Hassan. “New Hampshire has led the way in health care innovation through initiatives like accountable care organizations, and these federal funds will allow us to develop a comprehensive strategy to continue our progress and strengthen our health care system.”

New Hampshire’s plan will lay out a framework for aligning consumer access across delivery system “silos,” payer support for outcomes-based long term care services, and global accountability for cost-effectiveness and outcomes.  

A central tenet of the transformation activities will target opportunities for improved coordination across systems for individuals who are either in need of or at-risk for needing long-term support services; this population will be targeted due to the complex health needs and the cross-cutting nature of the services and payments needed to coordinate their care. Through this process, New Hampshire will leverage ongoing activities in the development of the new system and align the ongoing state and national quality initiatives with the new system.

New Hampshire has six months to submit its plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and will use its Health Care Innovation Plan to apply for an anticipated second round of awards

For more information on the grant please go to: innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/State-Innovations. To learn more about other innovative models being tested by the CMS Innovation Center, please visit: innovation.cms.gov.   

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Proud Conservative February 26, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Sounds like another federal boondoggle.......set up a committee..........have a lot of meetings.........come up with a report containing broad, vague theories........bury it in a file cabinet.
T Rex February 26, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Article belongs in a porta potty.
Atlant February 26, 2013 at 05:49 PM
No, your worthless comment belongs there.
Dave (The Original) February 26, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Postpone the grant and deduct it from the loss of funds due to the sequestration.
T Rex February 26, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Its all full with yours.

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