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University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital receives $12.7 million Health Care Innovation Award From Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. - Managed Care Weekly Digest

University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital (UH Rainbow) will receive $12.7 million of the $122.6 million awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) this week for sustainable plans to improve care, lower costs and improve the overall health and wellness of children. UH Rainbow is among 26 other preliminary awardees announced to receive a federal Health Care Innovation Award from more than 3,000 applicants nationwide (see also Medicare and Medicaid).

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened a grant competition late December of 2011 for ideas that can deliver quick benefits to the Medicare and Medicaid program in terms of cost savings and higher-quality care. The competition called the Health Care Innovation Award, funded by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will provide three-year grants of $1 million to $30 million to health care providers, payers, local government entities, and public-private partnerships, including collaborative efforts among multiple payers.

UH Rainbow submitted a proposal to deliver CMMI's three goals -- better health, improved care, and lower costs -- through the implementation of a multidisciplinary workforce that the children's hospital calls the Physician Extension Team (PET). The PET model is designed to create collaborations with primary care providers, hospitals and managed care and health educators in order to provide children with the highest quality of care at significantly reduced costs to the health care system.

'We are changing the health care delivery system for all pediatric patients and improving child health overall,' said Leona Cuttler, MD, UH Rainbow's Director of the Center for Child Health and Policy, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. 'Our goal with the PET model is develop a sustainable coordinated system that improves the quality of outpatient care for children, increases their access to physicians, improves pediatric behavioral health services, decreases unnecessary emergency visits and hospitalizations and advances the health and functionality of children with complex chronic conditions.'

UH Rainbow's PET model will target over 68,000 children with Medicaid insurance as well as include children with other insurance in several counties across northeastern Ohio.

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This article was prepared by Managed Care Weekly Digest editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2012, Managed Care Weekly Digest via NewsRx.com.