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    Maryland Health Care Commission awards 4th round of telehealth grants
    Funding will enable 2 provider organizations to show impact of technology on care delivery
    Baltimore, Md. (June 17, 2016) – The Maryland Health Care Commission announced its awarding of two telehealth grants, totaling more than $115,000, to demonstrate the impact of using telehealth technology to support value-based care delivery in primary care.

    Telehealth is the use of telecommunications and such related technologies as videoconferencing, image capturing and using remote examination tools to support health care services, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration. The Commission believes the expanded telehealth capability will reduce hospital emergency department visits, inpatient admissions and readmissions; will enable the early provision of appropriate treatment; will improve access to care; and will provide cost savings to patients and providers.

    The two grantees are:  Gilchrist Greater Living  and  MedPeds LLC. Grantees are required to demonstrate how the use of telehealth, in conjunction with existing care coordination, can improve population health.  MedPeds, a family medicine practice, will use mobile technology to provide 24/7 telehealth services, will enable patients to make appointments and will provide patients with access to their electronic health records. Gilchrist, a comprehensive primary care geriatric medical practice, will provide patients with in-home telehealth monitoring to support case management and early intervention for chronically ill patients.  A 2:1 financial match and demonstrated sustainability of the pilot is also required. 

    The telehealth projects launch this month and will continue through November 2017. These grants will enable the Maryland Health Care Commission to continue to test the effectiveness of telehealth with various technology, patients, providers and clinical protocols in a variety of settings.  Since 2014, the Commission has awarded more than $257,000 to support a variety of telehealth projects. 

    In April 2016, the Commission published a report, available on its website at http://goo.gl/YBRSwB, that includes the outcomes and lessons learned from the first round of telehealth grants that were completed in October 2015.

    About the Maryland Health Care Commission
    The Maryland Health Care Commission is a 15-member, independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access in a rapidly changing health care environment by providing timely and accurate information on availability, cost, and quality of services to policy makers, purchasers, providers and the public. The 15 Commissioners are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Maryland Senate. The Commission's vision for Maryland is to ensure that informed consumers hold the health care system accountable and have access to affordable and appropriate health care services through programs that serve as models for the nation.