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Pagosa Springs News Summaries
Sunday, April 20, 2014
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$1.7 Million Grant Awarded to Health District
Bill Hudson | 5/9/12
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The Upper San Juan Health Service District received $1.7 million to implement a telemedicine stroke care program to increase access to cardiologists and neurologists — a program expected to reduce cardiovascular risk and improve patient outcomes — as part of a health services funding package announced yesterday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  USJHSD was included the first batch of organizations for Health Care Innovation awards including a program serving patients in Southwest Colorado.

"It’s a big deal for the residents of Archuleta County and adjacent areas served by the District," reported Mike Fierberg, public affairs officer for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). "They will get funding of over $1.7 million for improving health care delivery to 3,400 patients in this underserved area. The program is estimated to save more than $8 million over the next three years. That’s about $5 saved for every dollar spent. We are delighted to help improve health care in your area with this award, one of 26 nationwide announced today."
Yesterday’s awards totaled $122.6 million. CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is administering these awards through cooperative agreements over 3 years.

Made possible by the health care law – the Affordable Care Act – the awards will support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care and enhance the health care workforce.  The preliminary awardees announced today expect to reduce health spending by $254 million over the next 3 years.

“We can’t wait to support innovative projects that will save money and make our health care system stronger,” said Secretary Sebelius. “It’s yet another way we are supporting local communities now in their efforts to provide better care and lower cost.”

The 26 projects include collaborations of leading hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technology innovators, community-based organizations, and patients’ advocacy groups, among others, located in urban and rural areas that will begin work this year to address health care issues in local communities.  This initiative allows applicants to come up with their best ideas to test how we can quickly and efficiently improve the quality and affordability of health care.  

Preliminary awardees were chosen not only for their innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing their communities, but also for their focus on creating a well-trained health care workforce that is equipped to meet the need for new jobs in the 21st century health system. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the health care and social assistance sector will gain the most jobs between now and 2020.
For more information on the awards announced yesterday, go to this website.
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