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University Hospitals Case Medical Center Awarded $4.7 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date:7/10/2014

r costs. These awards, which range from an expected $2 million to $23.8 million, are made possible by the Affordable Care Act and round out the anticipated recipients for round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards program. 

"The Health Care Innovation Awards support our ongoing work to drive down health care costs while providing high quality care to CMS beneficiaries," said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell in a news release. "These awards advance innovative solutions in delivering and improving care from all across our nation." 

UH will apply specific measurement tools to evaluate how this individualized care affects outcomes and patient satisfaction and will develop a care model that hospitals nationwide can replicate. The grant will help UH hire additional cancer-care professionals, including social workers, palliative care specialists and "navigators" who will promote communication between each patient and the patient's medical team and keep patients engaged in their personal care plans.

The model targets approximately 1,800 patients, including 300 underserved patients. It will include patients with late-stage cancer; patients whose cancer is complicated by additional illnesses, poverty or lack of caregiving help and patients who are high risks for emergency or intensive care.

"We are deeply committed to this innovative model of care and we are confident that it will improve the quality of care, enhance the experience of care for patients and families, and reduce the cost of care through a balanced utilization of health care resources," said Dr. Levitan.

UH was previously awarded a similar grant from the federal government in May 2012 of $12.7 million to UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. The grant initiated Rainbow Care Connection, a national model aimed at improving care, lowering costs and improving the overall health and wellness of children
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