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Maimonides Receives Large Grant to Coordinate Health Care for Patients with Serious Mental Illness

BROOKLYN, NY (June 15, 2012) – Maimonides Medical Center, in partnership with a broad array of medical, mental health, social service organizations, insurers and a labor union, has just received a highly competitive three-year $14.8 million Health Care Innovation Challenge Grant to improve care and reduce treatment costs for adults with serious mental illness who live in southwest Brooklyn.

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation received 3,000 applications and has awarded 107 grants across the country, with 12 in New York State. This federally-funded program will enroll 7,500 adults in an innovative new model of care delivery, the “mental health home.”

“People with mental illness often have other chronic medical conditions and too often their care is not good enough. The various providers treating them don’t talk to each other and that can result in substandard care and unnecessary costs,” said Pamela Brier, President & CEO of Maimonides Medical Center. “The mental health home will help ensure that care is properly managed and coordinated among the participating providers. The program will also train people for exciting new roles in the health care system and provide more than 160 new care management and information technology jobs.”

This model uses advanced health information technology to share clinical information that will help coordinate and manage medical and mental health care and other support services. It builds on a successful pilot program targeting Medicaid beneficiaries and extends the program’s benefits to a wider population including patients covered by Medicaid, Medicare and other insurance. Maimonides and its partners expect this program to reduce hospital admissions by 30% and reduce the total cost of care for these patients, with an estimated savings of nearly $42 million by the end of the grant.

State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah said, “Thanks to the leadership of Maimonides Medical Center and its partner organizations, this innovative collaboration will improve the health and healthcare for thousands of adults in southwest Brooklyn in need of vital health and mental health services.”

“1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is proud to be part of the Brooklyn Consortium bringing a new model of care to very complex patients,” said George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU. “This innovative approach requires new jobs with new skills in care management and information technology.  We will be working with our partners and developing a training program to prepare our members for these healthcare jobs of the future.”

“Lutheran Medical Center/Lutheran Family Health Centers is pleased that this funding will allow us to continue our collaboration with a wide array of medical, mental health and social service organizations participating in this groundbreaking effort to transform the quality and cost of care for this particularly fragile group of patients in southwest Brooklyn,” stated Hospital Director and Chief Operating Officer Claudia Caine.

Institute for Community Living President & CEO Peter Campanelli commented that “this award both acknowledges the significant clinical and technology infrastructure development work that has already been done, and permits the Consortium to fully realize the potential for improving the quality and efficiency of care for this vulnerable population.”

The Brooklyn Care Coordination Consortium is comprised of 39 healthcare providers, insurers and a labor union, including among others: 1199SEIU Training & Upgrading Fund and Benefit Fund, Lutheran Medical Center/Lutheran Family Care Centers, Institute for Community Living, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, Federation Employment and Guidance Services, First to Care Home Care, Housing Works, Jewish Board Family and Children Services, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, South Beach Psychiatric Center, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Maimonides Medical Center is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation – training over 450 medical and surgical residents annually. Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 711 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs. For more information on the nationally recognized clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, please click here.

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