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    DHMH, HSCRC award $2.5 million to 8 regional partnerships 
    Move to support planning, development of Health System Transformation grants
    BALTIMORE – (May 13, 2015) – The Health Services Cost Review (HSCRC) Commission gave final approval this afternoon to funding, through hospital rates, eight of 11 proposals totaling $2.5 million. These proposals are for the development of Regional Partnerships for Health System Transformation in support of Maryland’s new all-payer model. 
    On February 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and HSCRC began seeking the proposals. Eleven applications were received by the due date of April 15, 2015.   
    The Request for Proposals invited applicants to develop partnerships capable of identifying and addressing their regional needs and priorities and, in turn, shaping the future of health care in Maryland. These included developing care coordination and population health priorities, and determining what resources are needed and available, as well as how resources and strategies should be deployed.
    The model concept is intended to focus on particular patient populations (i.e., patients with multiple chronic conditions and high resource use, frail elders with support requirements, Medicare/Medicaid dual-eligibles with high resource needs) and may also include a strategy for improving overall population health in the region over the long term, with particular attention paid to reducing risk factors.  The overarching goals are to create the right partnerships to assist hospitals in meeting the goals of the new all-payer model and to achieve the Triple Aim of enhancing patient care, improving population health and lowering total health care costs.
    The multi-stakeholder review committee recommended that a $200,000-to-$400,000 award be provided to eight regional partnerships across the state to advance reforms to Maryland’s health care delivery system.
    The awardees are: 

    ·         the Regional Planning Community Health Partnership,
    ·         Baltimore Health System Transformation Partnership,
    · Trivergent Health Alliance,
    ·         Bay Area Transformation Partnership,
    · NexusMontgomery,
    ·         Howard County Regional Partnership for Health System Transformation,
    ·         University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake and Hospital of Cecil County Partnership, and
    ·         Southern Maryland Regional Coalition for Health System Transformation. 

    Funding will be allocated via HSCRC-approved rate increases for hospitals working in conjunction with partner organizations. 
    Awardees will be responsible for developing a regional transformation plan that will outline a concept for a delivery-and-financing model. They also will be expected to identify a sustainable funding source to finance implementation and operation of the model after the planning period. Awardees are required to submit an interim report to DHMH and HSCRC by September 1, 2015, and a final report is due by December 1, 2015.  
    DHMH and HSCRC are offering technical support through the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) to assist successful bidders in the quest to meet their goals, conduct statewide and regional educational sessions, share lessons learned among participating grantees and other hospitals, and ensure that planning activities are consistent with statewide infrastructure activities. 
    The application summaries of successful regional planning grant bidders are available at: http://dhmh.maryland.gov/innovations/Documents/summariesofsuccessfulregionalplanninggrantbidders.pdf. A table listing the recommended awardees, the award amount, and the lead hospitals is available at: http://dhmh.maryland.gov/innovations/Documents/RecommendedAwardees.pdf. The Request for Proposals is available at: http://dhmh.maryland.gov/innovations/documents/regionalpartnershipsrfp.pdf.
    The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is the state government agency that protects Maryland’s public health and also works to help Marylanders make better health decisions for better health outcomes. Stay connected: www.twitter.com/MarylandDHMH andwww.facebook.com/MarylandDHMH.