CHSR Receives $4.5 Million CMS Contract for Accountable Health Communities Model

On April 6th we received notification that the UK Center for Health Services Research was selected for a $4.5 million award in the Alignment Track of Accountable Health Communities (AHC). This initiative out of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI; http://innovation.cms.gov), aims to identify and address the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in specific communities in Kentucky aiming to impact health care costs and improve beneficiaries’ health and quality of care. Drs. Jing Li and Hilary Surratt led this collaborative effort developing a successful proposal one year ago that yielded the recent award.

The proposal they crafted for the Kentucky Consortium for Accountable Health Communities (KC-AHC) is designed to reach the most vulnerable community-dwelling Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by targeting a diverse range of economically depressed geographic areas. This includes Appalachia and sections of Louisville, which both suffer from high concentrations of citizens living in poverty. The KC-AHC aims to implement Track 3 (Alignment) of the AHC model, to determine whether a combination of community service referrals and navigation at the community-dwelling beneficiary level, as well as model participant alignment at the community level, impacts total health care costs and utilization.

Some of the collaborative partners in this initiative include the Kentucky Primary Care Association, Kentucky Homeplace at UK’s Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Community Action Kentucky, Norton Healthcare, Appalachian Regional Health, Area Development Districts, and Kentucky’s Department for Medicaid Services. Kudos to Drs. Li and Surratt for putting together the team and successful proposal. This exemplifies how our Center connects the remarkable resources across the Commonwealth to those at the University of Kentucky, and catalyzes projects that benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth to create high value care for the patients we serve.

More information about the CMS bridging gaps between clinic and community can be found at http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170406/NEWS/170409943.