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Chronic care initiative to expand

Posted 6/4/12

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative is seeking to expand the number of patients served by adding three additional participating practices.

The demonstration project is one of the first medical home demonstration projects nationwide, with 100-percent payer participation (including Medicare, Medicaid, Tufts Health Plan, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, UnitedHealthcare of Rhode Island and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island),

The application process for practices, open through June 15, will help ensure that more Rhode Islanders become active participants in an affordable, integrated health care system that promotes wellness and delivers high quality, comprehensive care.

“We are thrilled to expand our successful demonstration project,” said Dr. Tom Bledsoe, chair of program’s Executive Committee. “This expansion brings us one step closer to our goal of an affordable, integrated health care system that promotes wellness and delivers high quality primary care, to the benefit of all Rhode Islanders.”

The initiative, convened in 2006 by the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, is a community-wide collaborative effort to develop a sustainable model of primary care that will improve the care of chronic diseases and lead to better overall health outcomes for Rhode Islanders. It launched its first five pilot sites in 2008.

“Rhode Island is moving toward an affordable, integrated health care system that promotes wellness and delivers comprehensive primary care,” said R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher F. Koller. “This type of ongoing collaboration among providers, payers and consumers is absolutely necessary to improve health care in our state.”

Currently, 13 practices across the state participate, serving over 70,000 patients. The initiative is looking to expand the number of patients served to more than 80,000 by adding three new participating practices.

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