Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $3 Million in Awards to Hospitals and Community Health Centers to Enhance Innovative Care Efforts Throughout the State
BOSTON — The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced $3 million in infrastructure and capacity-building funding to 27 hospitals and community health centers throughout the Commonwealth to enhance their ability to transition to global payment systems, expand access, and form Patient Centered Medical Homes for populations in need.
"We rely on our hospitals and community health centers to provide residents with accessible, cost-effective health care," said Governor Deval Patrick. "This funding will help providers improve services for patients, while supporting our efforts to transform our health care system to support global, whole person care."
"These resources will allow communities across Massachusetts to provide innovative care options for our residents in need," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "Through integrated care and access to community treatment options, we will continue to lead the way forward on the next phase of health care reform."
The $3 million in funding was included in the state's fiscal year 2012 budget. The investments make the Commonwealth eligible for $1.5 million in federal matching funds.
These grants build on Governor Patrick's nation-leading health care reform efforts, which have led to the highest coverage rates in the country. Massachusetts is also leading the nation in cracking the code on costs, through Governor Patrick's health care cost containment priorities, currently moving through the Legislature.
“This is an important opportunity to help hospitals and community health centers identify areas for innovation and improvement, which are key to transforming systems of care,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby. “These grants will advance our efforts to control health care costs while sustaining the delivery of world-class care that is the hallmark of Massachusetts.”
The funding is designed to support one of five priority areas at hospitals and community health centers:
- Initiatives to support a transition to a global payment systems;
- Support for community health centers to achieve recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as Patient Centered Medical Homes;
- Support for community health centers that are already recognized by NCQA as Patient Centered Medical Homes to enhance clinical care management;
- Supporting performance management improvement activities;
- Enrollment, outreach, and health care access improvement projects for consumers who may be eligible for insurance programs and for consumers who may require individualized support for various reasons.
“I commend the Patrick-Murray Administration for their efforts in securing this funding,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “As Massachusetts looks to cut health costs, while maintaining quality care and innovation, these funds will be critical in helping hospitals continue to improve.”
A complete list of grant recipients and award amounts follows:
|Boston||Duffy Health Center||$77,217.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Boston||Fenway Community Health Center||$101,736.26||Performance improvement activities|
|Boston||Upham’s Corner Health Center||$60,867.26||Medical Home NCQA recognition|
|Boston||South End Community Health Center||$102,268.26||Medical Home NCQA recognition|
|Boston||Boston Health Care for the Homeless||$102,268.26||Global Payment|
|Boston||Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center||$102,268.26||Performance improvement activities|
|Boston||Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center||$102,268.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Boston||BIDMC / Bowdoin Street Health Center||$102,268.26||Medical Home program enhancement|
|Quincy||Manet Community Health Center||$102,268.26||Global Payment|
|Worcester||Edward M. Kennedy CHC||$86,207.26||Medical Home program enhancement|
|Worcester||Family Health Center of Worcester||$80,268.26||Medical Home NCQA recognition|
|Worcester||Family Health Center of Worcester||$67,680.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Fitchburg||Community Health Connections - Fitchburg||$93,394.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Salem||North Shore Community Health, Inc.||$102,268.26||Performance improvement activities|
|Lynn||Lynn Community Health Center||$107,168.26||Medical Home NCQA recognition|
|Lowell||Lowell Community Health Center||$102,268.26||Medical Home NCQA recognition|
|Methuen||Steward Health Care Holy Family||$102,268.23||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Methuen||Steward Health Care Good Samaritan Hospital||$102,268.23||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|New Bedford||Greater New Bedford Community Health Center||$102,268.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Mashpee||Community Health Center of Cape Cod||$102,268.26||Medical Home NCQA recognition|
|Edgartown||Island Health Care||$102,180.26||Global Payment|
|Fall River||Stanley Street Treatment and Resources||$100,259.26||Global Payment|
|Fall River||Stanley Street Treatment and Resources||$101,144.26||Outreach, enrollment and health access|
|Fall River||HealthFirst Family Care Center||$102,268.26||Outreach, enrollment and health access|
|Brockton||Steward Health Care Good Samaritan Hospital||$102,268.23||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|North Adams||North Adams Regional Hospital||$102,268.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Great Barrington||Community Health Programs, Inc.||$102,26.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Holyoke||Holyoke Health Center||$102,268.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Springfield||Caring Health Center||$102,268.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
|Springfield||Baystate Medical Center||$102,268.26||Medical Home program enhancement|
|Turners Falls||Community Health Center of Franklin County||$97,748.26||Medical Home NCQA recognition|
|Westfield||Noble Hospital||$83,300.26||Outreach, enrollment, and health access|
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