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Healthcare initiatives to be unveiled June 7 in Georgetown

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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The Delaware Center for Health Innovation is slated to unveil a broad-based, statewide plan to transform healthcare access and affordability in early June.

On Tuesday, June 7, a panel will outline changes for the public at 7 p.m. in the CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road in Georgetown.

This will be the first of a series of six panel discussions planned to inform and involve residents about changes for consumers, providers, payers and community organizations as well as academic institutions and state agencies.

"We want everyone to understand the personal impact and importance of this movement toward changing the status quo," said Delaware Secretary of Health and Social Services Rita

Landgraf. "By working together — community leaders, doctors and other clinicians, insurance providers, patients and consumers — Delaware will become a national leader in healthcare."

The plan for health innovation is multipronged, consisting of technological advances, community outreach, healthcare workforce training, integration of behavioral health in primary care and outcomes-based payment for population health management.

To improve the overall health and well-being of Delaware residents, Julane Miller-Armbrister, executive director of the center, said her organization is working to streamline healthcare and maximize technology, access and affordability.

"Our ultimate vision is a state where all the people will be healthier because the process of getting and using healthcare services is better," Miller-Armbrister said.

This includes primary care practice transformation and the expansion of care coordination, retraining medical professionals, and a healthy neighborhoods rollout that will divide the state into 10 geographic communities that will achieve demonstrable results in health outcomes.

She said the group hopes to improve provider experience by working with physicians and clinicians to practice transformation and reduce administrative burdens in navigating a renovated healthcare system.

Supported by a four-year, $35 million state innovation model testing grant from the U.S. Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation, the center was established in 2014 to guide transformation of healthcare strategies and support changes in delivery to create more than $1 billion in value through 2020 as a partnership between the public and private sectors. "This whole effort is to help Delaware attain our aspiration of becoming one of the five healthiest states," Miller-Armbrister said. The goal, she said, is better value for care as well as better outcomes.

A second community forum is planned at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover during late June or early July, and more panel discussions and locations will be announced in the coming months. For more information, go to

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Original Publication Date: May 27, 2016

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