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Press Release HPC Announces Nearly $10 Million in Awards for SHIFT-Care Challenge Initiatives Across the Commonwealth

Innovative, cutting-edge initiatives aim to address health-related social needs and increase access to timely behavioral health services for residents of Massachusetts.
For immediate release:
7/20/2018
  • Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Media Contact for HPC Announces Nearly $10 Million in Awards for SHIFT-Care Challenge Initiatives Across the Commonwealth

Matthew Kitsos, Press Secretary

BostonFriday, July 20, 2018 – Today, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) announced $9.75 million for investments in 15 innovative care delivery transformation proposals from Massachusetts providers for the highly competitive SHIFT-Care Challenge. Representing each region of the Commonwealth, SHIFT-Care Challenge initiatives aim to reduce avoidable acute care utilization by investing in evidence-based, innovative care delivery models that are community-based, collaborative, and sustainable. A complete listing of awards is located here.

The emphasis of the SHIFT-Care Challenge is to strengthen partnerships among community-based organizations, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and hospitals and health systems. The goal is also to contribute to the emerging evidence that addressing health-related social needs and providing timely access to behavioral health services can result in overall cost savings to the health care system.

“With the SHIFT-Care Challenge investments, we continue the HPC’s commitment to promoting sustainable, transformative care models that reduce the overuse of expensive sites of care, a known contributor to the high cost of health care in Massachusetts,” said David Seltz, HPC Executive Director. “By focusing on social and behavioral health needs in our communities, these innovative projects will enable these patients to receive more holistic person, family, and community-centered care.”

The HPC’s robust review process sought models that had strong organizational leadership, sustainability, and scalability plans and, importantly, a notable impact. Awards are capped at $750,000 and required applicants to propose at least 25% in-kind financial contribution, to help with organizational buy-in and sustainability.

This new investment program provides a unique opportunity for awardees to implement evidence-based models to transform care and advance the HPC’s goal of better health and better care – at a lower cost – across the Commonwealth. Eligible entities, including Massachusetts providers and provider organizations, applied for up to $750,000 to prepare and implement an initiative during a 21-month period of performance. The HPC anticipates programs launching in late fall 2018.

Addressing the health-related social needs of complex patients.

The goal of these projects is to support innovative models that address health-related social needs of complex patients in order to prevent avoidable admissions, readmissions, emergency department (ED) visits, and/or emergency department revisits.

The HPC is funding five awards in this area totaling $3,288,234. Awards range from $500,000 to $750,000, for a 21-month period of performance.

Awardee

 

Region

Funding

Community Care Cooperative (C3)

Statewide

$750,000

Boston Medical Center

Metro Boston

$542,883

Hebrew Senior Life

Metro Boston

$500,000

Baystate Health Care Alliance

Western Massachusetts

$750,000

Steward Health Care Network, Inc.

South Shore

$750,000

Providing timely access to behavioral health services.

These awards support innovative models that enable timely access to behavioral health services, in order to prevent avoidable admissions, readmissions, emergency department visits, and/or emergency department revisits.

A majority of these initiatives focus specifically on expanding access to treatment for opioid use disorder by implementing models of care that initiate evidence-based pharmacologic treatment in the ED and connect patients to outpatient services for ongoing treatment.

The HPC is funding ten awards in this area totaling $6,467,066. Awards range from $486,000 to $750,000, for a 21-month period of performance.

Awardee

 

Region

Funding

Holyoke Health Center

Western Massachusetts

$565,422

Lowell General Hospital

Merrimack Valley

$606,609

Massachusetts General Hospital

Metro Boston

$550,000

North Shore Medical Center

North Shore

$750,000

UMass Memorial Medical Center

Central Massachusetts

$750,000

Beth Israel Deaconess - Plymouth

South Shore

$742,407

Addison Gilbert/Beverly Hospitals

North Shore

$750,000

Harrington Memorial Hospital

Central Massachusetts

$486,580

Mercy Medical Center

Western Massachusetts

$516,048

Holyoke Medical Center

Western Massachusetts

$750,000

The HPC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for organizations to apply for funding in January 2018.

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Media Contact for HPC Announces Nearly $10 Million in Awards for SHIFT-Care Challenge Initiatives Across the Commonwealth

Massachusetts Health Policy Commission 

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), established in 2012, is an independent state agency charged with monitoring health care spending growth in Massachusetts and providing data-driven policy recommendations regarding health care delivery and payment system reform. The HPC’s mission is to advance a more transparent, accountable, and innovative health care system through independent policy leadership and investment programs.
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