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DHSS Awards Contract to Health Management Associates to Help Delaware Pursue Health Innovation

October 26, 2017

NEW CASTLE (Oct. 26, 2017) – The Delaware Health Care Commission has awarded a contract to Health Management Associates to provide specialized expertise to advance efforts by the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to transform the delivery of health care and improve health outcomes in Delaware, while lowering the growth rate of health care costs.

The $1.298 million contract will support the state’s efforts in two important areas:

  • The integration of behavioral health services into primary care settings to improve access for Delawareans in need of mental health and substance use disorder services;
  • Support of the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative to bring people and organizations together at the local and community level to identify needs, connect to resources, and develop locally tailored solutions to improve population health.

These two programs were developed and funded under a four-year federal grant totaling up to $35 million and awarded to Delaware in 2014 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). State grantees are required to undertake comprehensive strategies and test models to transform the state’s health care delivery system while putting health care costs on a more sustainable path for employers, consumers, and public budgets. The Delaware Center for Health Innovation (DCHI), which was created to carry out the CMMI grant work with stakeholders across the state, embraced both the integration of behavioral health services into primary care and support of the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative. Health Management Associates will build on DCHI’s foundation by collaborating with the public-private organization to create long-term transformation.

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