Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two: Project Profile

CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES IOWA CORP., DBA MERCY MEDICAL CENTER DES MOINES

Project Title: "Transitioning a Rural Health Network to Value-Based Care"
Geographic Reach: Iowa, Nebraska
Estimated Funding Amount: $10,171,220

Summary:

Catholic Health Initiatives Iowa Corporation is receiving an award to test a model to transition a network of rural critical access hospitals to value-based care through improved chronic disease management, increased clinical-community integration and 'lean' process improvement initiatives. Once the value-based care infrastructure has been established, the 25 critical access hospitals, including their 73 primary care clinics, will be enrolled in Mercy's Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and benefit from shared savings, resulting in model sustainability. The model is based on the approach of the Mercy ACO, which has used a similar model in its urban clinics and has achieved successful outcomes. This model includes public and private payers, rural leadership, expertise in barriers to quality care in rural communities, and utilizes Mercy's evidence-based chronic care health coach and disease registry that aim to improve care and reduce costs.

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