Ver­mont awards $2.6 mil­lion in grants to spur in­no­va­tion, cut costs

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Ver­mont awarded more than $2.6 mil­lion in grants to health­care providers last Wed­nes­day in a push to cut costs and pro­mote health­care inno- va­tion across the state.

Gov. Peter Shum­lin and Ver­mont Health Care In­no­va­tion Project lead­ers an­nounced the eight grants in Rut­land. The pur­pose of the grants is to cut health­care costs by sup­port­ing projects that en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween health­care providers and pa­tients.

“Our chal­lenge is to put a stop to sky­rock­et­ing health­care costs that are ham­mer­ing Ver­mont businesses and fam­i­lies,” Shum­lin said. “Through this grant pro­gram, we are sup­port­ing lead­ers who are work­ing to do just that.”

Providers from Rut­land to the North­east King­dom to Burling­ton re­ceived funds. Re­cip­i­ents in­clude: the Ver­mont Pro­gram for Qual­ity in Health Care, which re­ceived $350,000 for a statewide part­ner­ship to im­prove sur­gi­cal care; Bi-State Pri­mary Care and Health­First, re­cip­i­ents of $400,000 each to de­velop provider net­works that will in­crease care qual­ity and re­duce costs; the Ver­mont Med­i­cal So­ci­ety Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search Foun­da­tion and the Fletcher Allen Health Care Depart­ment of Pathol­ogy and Lab­o­ra­tory Medicine, which re­ceived al­most $549,000 to work on a statewide pro­gram to re­duce what of­fi­cials called “un­nec­es­sary and po­ten­tially harm­ful med­i­cal test­ing.”

The grants are funded through a pro­gram ad­min­is­tered by CMS’ Cen­ter for Medi­care and Med­i­caid In­no­va­tion. In to­tal, the cen­ter granted Ver­mont $45 mil­lion over the next three years in sup­port of the project.

“Our chal­lenge is to put a stop to sky­rock­et­ing health­care costs that are ham­mer­ing Ver­mont businesses and fam­i­lies,” Ver­mont Gov. Peter Shum­lin said.

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