$2.6 million federal grant for health care in Virginia
These will be built around a series of aggressive public health goals ranging from reductions in tobacco use to improved mental health care.
"This grant enables my administration to pursue innovative models and achieve my goals for better health, better care and lower costs for all Virginians," said Governor McAuliffe.
"Virginia is ready to move forward and create lasting change for the better in our health care system."
The one-year grant awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will provide financial and technical support beginning in January to develop the Virginia Health Innovation Plan. The goal of the plan is to improve health outcomes for all Virginians, regardless of insurance status.
The initiative will incorporate the following population health goals: lower rates of tobacco use and obesity, prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and high-risk pregnancy, and better care for selected mental and oral health conditions through improved integration with primary care.
The Virginia Health Innovation Plan will be developed by the Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) in collaboration with public and private stakeholders. More than 800 individuals and 300 organizations are already working collaboratively as part of VCHI's Virginia Health Innovation Network. ■