Gov. Pat Quinn Taps Six Healthcare Networks, Including Heartland Health, to Lead Illinois Medicaid Transformation

Governor Pat Quinn

(Chicago) – Governor Pat Quinn and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services recently named six healthcare networks, including Heartland Health Outreach, Inc., to launch the state’s transition to greatly expanded coordinated care by 2015.

“Illinois continues to make real progress in transforming its Medicaid program,” Quinn said. “These six healthcare provider groups understand what the future of healthcare will look like. Each has designed innovative care coordination models that will deliver better care and outcomes for our most vulnerable populations.”

The six health networks, including HHO, were selected based on their demonstrated ability to offer a holistic approach to delivering coordinated care for special populations including seniors and adults with disabilities.

“The healthcare and social service providers who participated in the Innovations Project have shown a tremendous willingness to collaborate and test new models of delivering care to our most vulnerable populations,” said Health and Family Services Director Julie Hamos.

HHO’s newtwork includes 37 collaborators: hospitals, primary care providers at Federally Qualified Health Centers, pharmacy, behavioral health providers, social services and housing providers.

The collaborators care coordination model is based on the health home setting and will be an integrated, holistic approach that promotes physical, mental and social well-being, while improving access to care, for adults and seniors with disabilities, including those with serious mental illness and people who are dually eligible, in Cook County.

Quinn’s initiative is one of several initiatives the state is employing to meet the requirements of the state’s 2011 Medicaid reform law to enroll 50% of clients into care coordination.

The goal is to redesign the healthcare delivery system so that is more patient-centered, with a focus on improved health outcomes and evidence-based treatments, enhanced patient access, and patient safety, according to Hamos.

“Today’s announcement is a big step forward in our effort to transform the Medicaid program,” said Hamos, “and work with healthcare providers across the state to do a better job of keeping residents healthy and a better job of treating them when they do become sick.”

For more information about the Innovations Project, go to: http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/PublicInvolvement/cc/Pages/default.aspx

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