Hospice Providers Health Care Innovation Awards Announced

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced the second round of their $1 billion Health Care Innovation Awards. Four hospice or palliative care providers were among those selected to receive the three-year grants, designed “to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs.”

From the Journal of Palliative Medicine those selected are:
Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara, Calif., received $4.2 million to provide health care services to the frail elderly in times of crisis, with a goal of reducing emergency room visits. The estimated three-year savings is $3.2 million. 

Suttercare Corp., of California received $13 million to expand its Advanced Illness Management program across the entire Sutter Health system in Northern California. Through a complex medical home model it will serve chronically ill patients in clinical, functional, or nutritional decline not ready for hospice care. Anticipated three-year cost savings is $29.3 million. 

The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia also received a grant, for $5.3 million, to care for patients with advanced cancer and substantial palliative care needs yet not eligible for hospice. Expected savings is $9.4 million. 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham received $15 million to extend a regional network of lay health workers to expand cancer support services. It expects to save $49.8 million.