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The Delaware Health Care Commission awarded eight additional value-based payment reform mini-grants to Delaware health care providers.

These additional mini-grants have been added to facilitate data integration, improve the coordination of patient care or increase readiness to integrate into an Accountable Care Organization or operate through an Alternative Payment Method.

The awards, through the Value-Based Payment Reform Fund, range from $25,000 to $250,000 for work that must be completed by Jan. 31, 2019. The commission received a total of 45 applications from primary care providers, behavioral health providers, hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations, Federally Qualified Health Centers and clinically integrated networks, all of which must be licensed in the State of Delaware. The commission expects to award a few more additional grants for small projects up to $50,000 and large projects up to $250,000, based on the scope of the project.

This round of awards went to:

— Nanticoke Hospital: $250,000 to conduct a study on global budgeting and how it could be implemented by Nanticoke and the state.

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

— Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children: $200,000 to increase readiness to integrate into an ACO or clinically integrated network or operate through an 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 APM by focusing on utilization of Health Information Technology 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 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 system with the Delaware Health Information Network.

— 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.

— 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 excited to announce this next round of mini-grant awards in the area of value-based payment reform,” said Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Kara Odom Walker, a board-certified family physician. “These grants reflect a diversity of ways that providers, hospitals, health centers and health systems are embracing payment reform.”

The first award, $62,168, to Christiana Care Health System’s CareLink Behavioral Health Medical Home Pilot, was announced in November. Applications, which were received during the summer, fell into one of three areas, data integration, improve the coordination of patient care and increase readiness to integrate into an ACO or operate through APM.