Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Health Care Innovation Project leaders announced the eight grants in Rutland. The purpose of the grants is to cut healthcare costs by supporting projects that encourage collaboration between healthcare providers and patients.
“Our challenge is to put a stop to skyrocketing healthcare costs that are hammering Vermont businesses and families,” Shumlin said. “Through this grant program, we are supporting leaders who are working to do just that.”
Providers from Rutland to the Northeast Kingdom to Burlington received funds. Recipients include: the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, which received $350,000 for a statewide partnership to improve surgical care; Bi-State Primary Care and HealthFirst, recipients of $400,000 each to develop provider networks that will increase care quality and reduce costs; the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation and the Fletcher Allen Health Care Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, which received almost $549,000 to work on a statewide program to reduce what officials called “unnecessary and potentially harmful medical testing.”
The grants are funded through a program administered by CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In total, the center granted Vermont $45 million over the next three years in support of the project.