Today’s Health Policy panel at CSG/ERC’s Annual Meeting focused on health care innovations that build value and building a workforce to support that transformation. Pam Price, former Delaware House staff, expertly moderated the breakfast session.
We heard from Heidi Louise Behforouz, MD of AnansiHealth and Brigham and Women’s Hospital about the value of including community health workers into the health team. CHWs represent a move back to a community-based model of health that recognizes the importance of helping people care for themselves in their daily lives. One study found that for every dollar spent on CHWs, three dollars were saved across the health system.
We also heard from Jeff Brown of NJ’s Quality Improvement Collaborative about that state’s plan to move Medicaid members into Accountable Care Organizations, by improving access to quality care and using the resulting savings to improve community health.
We heard from Kerri McGowan Lowrey, J.D., M.P.H. of the Network for Public Health Law — Eastern Region about the rich resources and technical assistance their project provides to Eastern Region policymakers seeking help with public health law and analysis.
Finally we heard from Secretary Rita Landgraf of Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services about innovations in their state. As with ten other ERC states, DE has been awarded a State Innovation Model grant from CMMI. But understanding that all stakeholders need to be engaged and involved for successful reform, DE has chosen to create a nonprofit to shepherd patient-centered reform in their state. For the effort, DE has devoted $100 million in state funds to supplement $30 million in federal funding.