Providence Hospital Partners with Joslin Diabetes Center on CMS Innovation Grant

Joslin Diabetes Center of Boston, MA, a community-based partner of Providence Hospital, was awarded a $4.9 million, 3-year Health Care Innovation grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This grant is designed to support innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care, and enhance the healthcare workforce. CMS received more than 3,000 applications and approved only 26 projects representing unique and innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing communities.

Joslin is a diabetes research and care organization that is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Joslin and Providence will initiate the “On the Road” program for community-based diabetes education, field testing and risk assessment. The program will send trained health workers into the community to help approximately 3,000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and low income/uninsured populations understand their risks and improve health habits for the prevention and management of diabetes. The target demographics include at risk and under-served populations in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Preventing the development and progression of diabetes and reducing overall costs, avoidable hospitalizations, and the development of chronic co-morbidities has estimated savings of approximately $7.4 million.

“Diabetes is a critical health concern. Being a part of a recognized partnership innovating health care in this region is a great opportunity for Providence to improve the health of our community,” says Amy Freeman, President and CEO of Providence Hospital.

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