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Enhanced Care Initiatives (HC Innovations, Inc.) Contracts with HIP and GHI to Create a Medical Home Network Project with Support from the Commonwealth Fund
Date:8/18/2008

SHELTON, Conn., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Enhanced Care Initiatives (ECI - HC Innovations, Inc., OTC Bulletin Board: HCNV) today announced that it has signed a two year contract with HIP Health Plans of New York to support the transformation of primary care practices into Medical Homes. The contract is part of the EmblemHealth Medical Home Project, which seeks to promote improved care for health plan members by developing a high performance network of physicians using electronic health records and office-based care management. Project evaluation is supported by a $460,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund to the Ethel Donaghue Center for Translating Research into Practice and Policy (TRIPP) at the University of Connecticut.

In the Medical Home model, the physician office delivers patient-centered primary care and coordinates care with other providers for patients with chronic medical problems. Patients have enhanced access through advanced appointment systems and telephone and email communication, clinical decision support tools guide evidence-based practice, and patients receive support for self-care.

Under the contract, ECI will help participating physician offices transform into medical homes by providing consultative assistance for redesign around electronic health records and by embedding RN care managers into the office to assist the physician in population management, care planning, and patient self-management.

The TRIPP Center will compare the progress that practices make in becoming medical homes, and performance on quality, efficiency, and patient experience measures with similar parameters in a comparison group of practices. Practices have been randomly assigned to one of two groups: a Supported Group that receives the supplementary payment and ECI support and a Comparison Group that receives a stipend for participating in the project but does not get additional payment or ECI support. TRIPP will use the Physician Practi
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