NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) will partner with two of New Jersey's most highly regarded health care organizations to bring innovative cost-effective care management programs to four U.S. cities.
CSHP will lead a project to replicate the innovative care management programs of nationally recognized Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Camden, N.J. The Center for Health Care Strategies, Hamilton, N.J., a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care quality in diverse populations experiencing disparities in care, is the third partner.
"Safety-net" health care provider organizations in the four cities will adapt and implement the Camden programs introduced in 2007. They are Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Pa.; Metro Community Provider Network in Aurora, Colo.; Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo.; and MultiCultural Primary Care Medical Group, San Diego.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, made the Health Care Innovation Award to the New Jersey consortium for $14.3 million over three years. More than 80 percent of the funds will be used by project sites for their care management initiatives.
"This project aims to deliver better care at lower cost to very high-need patients from low-income communities around the country," said Professor Joel C. Cantor, director of the Rutgers center. "The award builds on the nationally recognized work of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.
"The project will engage nearly 2,500 high-cost, high-need Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients across the four communities in intensive care management, projected to achieve savings of $67.7 million for public program enrollees over three years."
Cantor added that the savings wi
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