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DHSS Awards Contract to Mercer Health & Benefits to Help State With Accelerating Health Care Payment Reform

October 18, 2017

NEW CASTLE (Oct. 18, 2017) – As part of the Department of Health and Social Services’ work to develop a health care spending benchmark, the Delaware Health Care Commission has awarded a contract to accelerate payment reform to Mercer Health & Benefits LLC. The $889,947 contract, which takes effect immediately, will support the state’s efforts in four main areas: health care payment reform implementation models, legal analysis, economic modeling and analysis, and open data transparency strategies.

Governor John Carney signed House Joint Resolution 7 in September, which authorized DHSS to develop a health care spending benchmark that is linked to the state’s rate of economic growth. Mercer’s contract will dovetail with the work being done with stakeholders to develop the benchmark and come under the $35 million federal grant Delaware received from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to change the way health care is delivered and paid for in the state.

“Mercer brings a strong level of expertise to help us accelerate health care payment reform in our state,”said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a board-certified family physician. “With Mercer and its subcontractors on the ground, we will be able to explore what is needed to change the way health care is paid for in Delaware that, ultimately, will lead to better health for the people of our state, an improved health care experience and at a lower cost. We look forward to working with Mercer and stakeholders in Delaware to accomplish our goal of payment reform.”

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