$150K in Funding Awarded to Three Boston-Area Community Health Centers for High-Need Patient Care Innovations

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Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) today announced Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Lynn Community Health Center, and Upham’s Corner Health Center as the recipients of its first-ever Consumer Centered Innovations in Quality Program awards. The program, designed to promote collaborative quality improvement approaches between primary care practices and their patients, identifies innovative projects that can help improve overall patient care and services for those with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs, including members of CCA’s two health plans. In total, $150,000 was awarded to the three organizations.

“CCA created this program to help local provider partners test care improvement methods that have the potential to impact broader healthcare transformation,” said Christopher D. Palmieri, President and CEO of Commonwealth Care Alliance, the not-for-profit, community-based healthcare organization that serves over 30,000 members who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. “In supporting these initiatives, we are supporting healthcare innovation, which is vital to our mission to provide the best possible care, tailored to meet the complex needs of the high-cost, high-needs populations we serve.”

With the support of CCA’s Consumer Centered Innovations in Quality Program, the recipients will implement the following projects to enhance quality of care:

  • Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program – Building Community Among Aging Homeless Populations to Improve Health and Well-Being – $50,000
  • Lynn Community Health Center – A Consumer Partnership Approach to Improving Care and Service for Patients with co-occurring Mental Illness and Diabetes - $50,000
  • Upham’s Corner Health Center – Addressing Social Isolation through a Cultural Tailored and Patient Participatory Quality Improvement Project - $50,000

Beyond funding, CCA will provide technical assistance to the selected providers to ensure that patient and caregiver input is embedded throughout all the project components.

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