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May 16, 2018

Harvard Pilgrim aims to improve health care delivery with grants of $100K

Physician practices in Maine are among 11 initiatives that will receive grant funding this year from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Quality Grants Program.

Harvard Pilgrim’s 19th annual grant program will fund initiatives in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut up to $100,000 apiece, with each initiative designed to improve care delivery and reduce costs within a variety of care delivery models.

Over the past 18 years, Harvard Pilgrim has funded over 280 initiatives totaling more than $20 million.

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.

Here are the four Maine initiatives that will receive Harvard Pilgrim grants to improve care delivery and reduce costs:

  • Intermed, “NICU to Home Transitions”
  • Maine Quality Counts, “Project ECHO medication assisted treatment: Building competency and capacity for primary care teams”
  • MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization, “Delivering wrap-around ambulatory care for high-risk patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure”
  • Penobscot Community Health Care in collaboration with St. Joseph Healthcare, “Improving transitions of care through innovative community provider partnerships.”

“It is very encouraging to see how physicians are evolving the practice of medicine to meet the changing 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 services in pediatric primary care, behavioral health, chronic kidney disease, and improving the approach to pain management and opioid addiction. We are proud to support all these efforts and look forward to sharing best practices to improve patient care throughout our region.”

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