Federal funding continues for innovative health care initiative


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently received approval to continue an innovative health care model funded by the federal government.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the fourth and final year of funding for its State Innovation Model initiative, which provides funding and technical assistance to states to design and test new ways to provide and pay for health care.

In 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded the DHHS more than $70 million over four years to test and implement the plan to deliver and pay for health care in the state.

Michigan organized its model into population health, care delivery and technology. Each category focuses on improving health outcomes to people at risk of high emergency department use, pregnant women and babies and those with multiple chronic conditions. The money supporting the state’s models for delivering and financing services can be sustained once federal funding expires, MDHHS officials say.

“Up to 90 percent of the factors that influence a person’s health are due to circumstances that occur outside the four walls of a medical setting,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Michigan’s SIM initiative takes a systematic approach to addressing the factors that can result in improved health outcomes and cost savings.”

One of the key elements under the program is the establishment of five Community Health Innovation Regions that explore the role local organizations can ply in improving the well-being of a region and reducing medical costs. The five pilot regions are Jackson, Genesee and Muskegon counties, a 10-county area in the northwest portion of the lower peninsula and the Livingston-Washtenaw counties area.

For more information, visit www.Michigan.gov/SIM.

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