Hawaii is moving toward a medical home model for Medicaid patients, integrating electronic health records to help coordinate services and improve provider communication, top state officials announced.
Hawaii hopes to save with medical home model
The new program begins in January 2012 and will qualify Hawaii to receive $9 in federal funding for every dollar spent on implementation in the first two years, according to the governor’s office. The CMS administers the funding.
“This is the future of healthcare delivery,” said Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, in a statement. “Our initial investment in and long-term commitment to implement medical homes will improve the quality of care for our people and save the state significant money in the long run.”
About one out of five Hawaiian residents is covered by Medicaid. Like many other states, Hawaii has struggled to keep down program costs.
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