Grants Will Create Higher-Quality Healthcare Delivery and Payment Models, Reduce Maternal Mortality
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) approved $830,000 in new grants to create healthcare delivery and payment demonstration projects that aim to improve patient care and eliminate avoidable costs, and to enhance maternal health among the Pittsburgh region’s immigrant and refugee population by demonstrating the value of doula community health workers (CHWs). Additionally, JHF renewed a $900,000 block grant to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to address the health needs of the region’s Jewish community.
Building a Waste-Free Health System from the Bottom Up
JHF approved a three-year, $600,000 grant to identify healthcare cost drivers in partnership with providers, insurers, and employers, and then develop local provider-payer demonstration projects for targeted health conditions to address those cost drivers. The goals of the demonstration projects are to uncover innovative strategies to improve care, eliminate healthcare spending that does not improve patient outcomes, and create sustainable payment models that support higher-quality patient care.
“Rising healthcare costs are straining the U.S. economy, while we’re also getting a poor return on our big investments,” says JHF and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) President and CEO Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD. “Healthcare spending consumes nearly a fifth of our country’s GDP, yet we have the worst population health among industrialized nations. A major reason is that an estimated 30% to 40% of all U.S. health spending covers overtreatment, poor care delivery and care coordination, and medical errors. With these demonstration projects, we want to eliminate wasteful spending and free up additional resources for services that actually improve health outcomes.” [Read more…]