June 23, 2018
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Health Foundation Awards $1.5 million to drive new payment reform efforts, support successful ongoing work

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Health Access Foundation has awarded $1.54 million in new grants and renewed funding to 11 Maine nonprofits dedicated to overhauling health care delivery and payment approaches that reduce costs, maximize value and deliver better health to Maine people.

“Maine is a nationally recognized leader in advancing new strategies to pay for health care delivery. We are pleased to continue our support for innovative Maine-based strategies that can improve quality while controlling costs,” Dr. Wendy J. Wolf, MeHAF’s president and chief executive officer, said in a recent press release. “As Maine moves forward with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, controlling costs in ways that work for Maine people, businesses and health care system will be critical.”

New grants

The Aroostook Medical Center, $193,642: To connect frequent users of emergency department services with primary care providers to ensure they have a primary care home and to reduce the number of repetitive and expensive emergency department patient visits.

Eastern Maine Medical Center, $187,641: To examine whether patient-centered medical homes reduce unnecessary health care utilization and increase patient satisfaction, particularly among the uninsured and underinsured. The project will leverage nationally recognized electronic health data improvements from Bangor Beacon Community.

Franklin Memorial Hospital, $197,818: To implement Franklin C.A.R.E.S., a Nurse Navigator pilot program to improve care coordination, access to care and integration of behavioral health care for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Maine Medical Education Trust, $189,888: To educate and provide legal and accounting tools to independent physician practices that serve MaineCare (Medicaid) and underinsured patients to boost participation in Accountable Care Organization payment reform efforts.

MaineHealth, $196,200: To develop a new model of primary care reimbursement aligned with principles of patient-centered medical homes that can be rapidly implemented systemwide, integrated in payer contracts with no negative consequences to the uninsured or underserved people of Maine, and can be replicated by other providers outside MaineHealth.

Mercy Hospital, $197,052: To form the Mercy Medical Neighborhood Model, a collaboration with community partners and insurers that addresses the needs of the most costly charity care patients.

Renewed grants

Maine Health Management Coalition Foundation, $75,000

Maine Quality Counts, $75,000

MaineGeneral Medical Center, $75,000

Medical Care Development Public Health, $75,000

Prescription Policy Choices, $74,987

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