Connecticut programs receive HHS Health Care Innovation Awards

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that innovative programs in Connecticut are recipients of the second batch of Health Care Innovation Awards, among 81 new awards released nationwide.

Made possible by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will support projects nationwide that are designed to deliver high quality medical care, enhance the health care workforce, and save money. According to a press release put out by HHS Friday,  HHS has now made awards to 107 projects (including some awarded last month) that intend to save the health care system an estimated $1.9 billion over the next three years.

Projects in Connecticut include:

  • TransforMED, a Kansas Company, is receiving $21 million to redesign primary care in Connecticut and ten other states.   Patient-Centered Medical Homes, specialty practices, and hospitals will build “medical neighborhoods” with sophisticated analytics to identify high risk patients and coordinate care.
  • The University of North Texas Health Science Center, in partnership with Brookdale Senior Living, is receiving $7.3 million to expand Brookdale Senior Living’s Transitions of Care Program for nursing home residents to independent living, assisted-living and dementia communities, and others.  At the end of three years, advanced practice nurses will be training care transition nurses in Connecticut and 34 other states to lower avoidable hospital admissions rates for residents in senior living.
  • Connecticut patients will benefit from $6.9 million awarded to San Francisco Community College, and its partners, City College of San Francisco, the University of California San Francisco, and Yale University, to address the health care needs of high-risk/high-cost Medicare and Medicaid-eligible patients released from prison.  The program, focusing on 11 community health centers in eight jurisdictions, will work with corrections officials to identify patients prior to release from prison who have chronic medical conditions, help them navigate the care system, find primary care and other medical and social services, and coach them in chronic disease management.

Awardees were chosen for their innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing their communities and for their focus on creating a well-trained health care workforce that is equipped to meet the need for new jobs in the 21st century health system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracted with an external organization with extensive experience in managing independent grant review processes to administer the award review process to ensure an objective review of each application.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within CMS will administer the awards through cooperative agreements over three years.

For more information on the awards announced today, go to:

Amanda Cuda