Health Care Innovation Awards: South Dakota

Notes and Disclaimers:

  • Projects shown may have also operated in other states (see the Geographic Reach)
  • Descriptions and project data (e.g. gross savings estimates, population served, etc.) are 3 year estimates provided by each organization and are based on budget submissions required by the Health Care Innovation Awards application process.
  • While all projects were expected to produce cost savings beyond the 3 year grant award, some may not achieve net cost savings until after the initial 3-year period due to start-up-costs, change in care patterns and intervention effect on health status.

DELTA DENTAL PLAN OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Project Title: “Improving the care and oral health of American Indian mothers and young children and American Indian people with diabetes on South Dakota reservations”
Geographic Reach: North Dakota, South Dakota
Funding Amount: $3,364,528
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $6,200,000

Summary: Delta Dental of South Dakota, which covers over thirty-thousand isolated, low-income, and underserved Medicaid beneficiaries and other American Indians on reservations throughout South Dakota, received an award to improve oral health and health care for American Indian mothers, their young children, and American Indian people with diabetes. Providing preventive care will help avoid and arrest oral and dental diseases, repair damage, prevent recurrence, and ultimately, reduce the need for surgical care. The project will also work with diabetic program coordinators to identify and treat people with diabetes. By coordinating community-based oral care with other social and care provider services, the model is expected to reduce the high incidence of oral health problems in the area, improve patient access, monitoring, and overall health, and lower cost through prevention with estimated savings of over $6 million. Over the three-year period, the Delta Dental of South Dakota Circle of Smiles program will train an estimated 24 health care workers and create an estimated 24 new jobs. These workers will be comprised of registered dental hygienists and community health representatives who will treat and educate patients and coordinate their dental care.

SANFORD HEALTH

Project Title: “Sanford One Care: transforming primary care for the 21st Century”
Geographic Reach: Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
Funding Amount: $12,142,606
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $14,135,429

Summary: Sanford Health received an award to develop an innovative and sustainable primary care delivery model for patients with chronic disease through workforce development, enhanced technology and the integration of behavioral health. Primary care clinics in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota will be equipped to provide proactive outcomes-based care for patients with chronic disease and help patients manage their own healing and healthy behaviors. This new model of care will result in improved outcomes, better patient experience and reduced patient costs. Over a three-year period, Sanford Health’s program will train an estimated 425 health care providers in enhanced clinical and patient engagement skills.

TransforMED

Project Title: “Multi-community partnership between TransforMED, hospitals in the VHA system and a technology/data analytics company to support transformation to PCMH of practices connected with the hospitals and development of “Medical Neighborhood”
Geographic Reach: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia
Funding Amount: $20,750,000
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $52,824,000

Summary: TransforMED received an award for a primary care redesign project across 15 communities to support care coordination among Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), specialty practices, and hospitals, creating “medical neighborhoods.” The project will use a sophisticated analytics engine, provided by a vendor, Phytel, to identify high risk patients and coordinate care across the medical neighborhood while driving PCMH transformation in a number of primary care practices in each community. Truly comprehensive care will improve care transitions and reduce unnecessary testing, leading to lower costs with better outcomes. TransforMED will work with VHA to capture learnings from leading performers. Cost trends will be identified via claims data using an analytic tool provided by a vendor, Cobalt Talon. Over a three-year period, TransforMED’s program will train an estimated 3,024 workers and create an estimated 22 jobs.

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