BHCG partners with providers in grant submission to improve cardiac care in state

The BHCG has joined with several provider organizations, insurers and other stakeholders* in the submission of a grant designed to improve cardiac care delivered in the state of Wisconsin.

Spearheaded by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation, the grant application is seeking $12 million over three years. It was submitted last month to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) as part of their Health Care Innovation Challenge initiative. The Health Care Innovation Challenge will award up to $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs.

Known as SMARTCare, or Smarter Management and Resource Use for Todays Complex Cardiac Care, the initiative is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of diagnosis and treatment of stable ischemic heart disease (reduced blood supply to the heart due to coronary heart disease). Cardiology, as one of the most used and expensive areas of health care, is central both to the care of patients and to the expenses incurred by our employers, CMS and commercial payers.

Six sites in Wisconsin and six more in Florida will treat an estimated 35,000 patients with potential or known stable ischemic heart disease over the course of the three year project.

BHCG is committed to developing more informed and educated health care consumers and to work in partnership with the provider community. The BHCGs involvement in the SMARTCare grant application supports both these commitments. We expect to be notified in March whether the grant application will be funded.

* The following organizations played significant roles in the grant submission process: ACC chapters in Wisconsin and Florida, Wisconsin Medical Society, Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, American College of Physicians, Affinity Health (St. Elizabeth’s), Aurora Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care Group, Froedtert/Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Health, The Alliance, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wisconsin), Humana, Network Health Plan, Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation, Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform, Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, Wisconsin Health Information Organization and six provider groups scattered throughout Florida.


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