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Health Care Commission Awards 10 Value-Based Payment Reform Mini-Grants to Organizations Across the State

December 17, 2018

NEW CASTLE (Dec. 14, 2018) – The Delaware Health Care Commission has awarded the final of 10 value-based payment reform mini-grants to Delaware health care providers in order to facilitate data integration, improve the coordination of patient care or increase readiness to integrate into an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or operate through an Alternative Payment Method (APM)

The final mini-grant for $65,684.29 was awarded to Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health, based in Newark and Wilmington, to increase readiness to operate through an Alternative Payment Method by developing and implementing a system of measurement-based coordinated care in which data analytics will also be utilized to evidence improvement in care quality efficiency. Other work will involve identifying current information technology gaps and defining/developing platforms to support value-based objectives and clinical outcomes.

The commission awarded a total of 10 mini-grants through the Value-Based Payment Reform Fund after receiving 45 applications during the summer from primary care providers, behavioral health providers, hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and clinically integrated networks in Delaware. The awards, which totaled almost $1.2 million, ranged from $20,000 to $250,000. All of the work funded must be completed by Jan. 31, 2019.

The previously announced mini-grants:

• Nanticoke Hospital ($250,000): To conduct a study on global budgeting and how it could be implemented by Nanticoke and the State of Delaware.

• MedNet ($200,230): To speed up development of a population health management platform through expedited integration of clinical data from the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) platforms represented across the MedNet network.

• Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children ($200,000): To increase readiness to integrate into an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) or operate through an Alternative Payment Method (APM), as well as to ensure data integration/infrastructure analytics and improve coordination of patient care.

• Westside Family Healthcare ($179,190): To improve the Federally Qualified Health Center’s ability to thrive into Alternative Payment Methods (APM) by focusing on utilization of Health Information Technology (HIT) to identify and coordinate care of high-risk/cost patients, identify barriers limiting patients from utilizing the appropriate level of care and develop improved data integration with one of its Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) payers to allow use of clinical data for pay-for-value program performance. Part of the work will involve integration of Westside’s Allscripts Electronic Health Records (EHR) system with the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN).

• Brandywine Counseling and Community Services ($111,716.50): To implement a data integration project that will reorganize its institutional structure to accommodate value-based payments and improve the coordination of patient care, especially for those clients with co-occurring disorders.

• Stoney Batter Family Medicine ($73,000): To upgrade its Allscripts system to facilitate better data-sharing required for participation in value-based programs, conversion to electronic billing and training sessions for employees.

• Christiana Care Health System ($62,168): To test a reimbursement model to foster behavioral health integration within primary care practices focusing on a subset of AmeriHealth Medicaid members with chronic behavioral health conditions as a primary diagnosis.

• Delaware Health Net ($34,375): To develop “cost of care” analytics tool to adequately define the cost of a chronic condition population historically when cared that population has been cared for at a health center.

• Stoney Batter Family Medicine ($20,000): To design a training program for care coordinators/providers on how to prevent emergency department and hospital readmissions utilizing hospital-based admission information from DHIN, its ACO practice dashboard for Medicare patients, and its EHR stem to optimize communication.

“We are pleased that we could award almost $1.2 million in mini-grant awards to a broad array of health care providers in our state to further value-based payment reform,” said Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a board-certified family physician. “We look forward to hearing the results of these 10 important projects.”

Applications fell into one of three areas:

• Data integration: Project must enhance the applicant’s data integration, clinical informatics or population-based analytics capabilities. Examples include data exchange infrastructure and analytics projects or support; data warehousing and reporting capacity; and development of data-sharing agreements.
• Improve the coordination of patient care: Project must enhance the applicant’s clinical integration. Examples include conducting data analytics and developing care guidelines for a primary care-based system of complex care management for high-risk population(s); implementing improvements in care transitions such as new business processes or mutual agreements with partner providers; and implementing a practice support call center.
Increase readiness to integrate into an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or operate through an Alternative Payment Method (APM): Project must develop, expand or enhance the applicant’s shared governance structures and organizational integration strategies, linking the applicant with ACO leadership and across the continuum of care with providers already contracted with an ACO. An example would be support to model costs of care in preparation for participation in value-based payment arrangements with multiple payers.

The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.