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May 22, 2017

Harvard Pilgrim awards five ‘Quality Grants’ in Maine

Five physician practices in Maine are among 14 providers in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire that will receive grants this year from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Quality Grants Program.

Harvard Pilgrim's 18th annual grant program provides funding of up to $100,000 for initiatives ranging from behavioral health to drug costs.

Maine provider groups receiving grants from Harvard Pilgrim for initiatives designed to improve care delivery and reduce costs are:

  • MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization: Improving the health of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease through innovative partnerships between specialty and primary care.
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center: Reducing hospital readmission rates for ambulatory care sensitive conditions.
  • DFD Russell Medical Centers: Care transitions, behavioral health integration and population health management.
  • InterMed: Discussions about serious illness in the primary care setting.
  • Maine Quality Counts: Deepening behavioral health integration to address Opioid Use Disorder in primary care.

Over the past 17 years, Harvard Pilgrim, based in Wellesley, Mass., has funded over 270 initiatives totaling more than $19 million.

"It is very encouraging to see how physicians are evolving the practice of medicine to meet the needs of their patients," said Dr. Michael Sherman, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Harvard Pilgrim. "While many of the concerns we hear about today have not been part of the traditional medical school curriculums, these practices are stepping up with innovative ideas for issues such as substance use management, medication adherence and improving the experience for LGBTQ patients. We commend these efforts and look forward to sharing the best practices that emerge from these efforts to improve patient care throughout our region."

Physician leaders from the Harvard Pilgrim provider network helped select the winning proposals. Review criteria included demonstrated need, innovation in providing care, sustainability, care coordination for complex and chronic care and behavioral health integration.

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