We are delighted to announce today that J-PAL North America has selected CareOregon, Commonwealth Care Alliance, the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority and the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections as the winners of the inaugural Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition. Over the next year, we will work with these four organizations to develop randomized evaluations of innovative programs with the potential to serve as models for improving the health of vulnerable populations. The pioneering efforts of the winners touch on major public health issues: addressing the opioid epidemic, improving social determinants of health, integrating primary and behavioral health care, and engaging high-cost, high-need patients.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with these four innovative organizations to generate evidence with the potential to inform the practice of health care across the United States,” said Amy Finkelstein, the John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at MIT and co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America.
CareOregon, a nonprofit health plan serving a large Medicaid population in Oregon, was selected based on its efforts to leverage a network of social service providers outside of the traditional boundaries of the health care system to improve the health of Medicaid patients. Commonwealth Care Alliance, Massachusetts care delivery system for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with complex medical needs, is deploying financial incentives to engage some of its highest-need, but most difficult to reach patients. The Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, a quasi-governmental behavioral health care safety net provider in northeastern Louisiana, has developed an innovative integrated services network to provide integrated primary care and a range of social services to rural and low-income populations with behavioral health needs. The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, which administers correctional facilities in Louisville, Kentucky, is designing a pay-for-success initiative to provide treatment to individuals with substance abuse disorders upon release from jail.
“Improving the care we deliver to vulnerable populations is critical to the viability of our health care system. Generating rigorous evidence of innovative programs is a key step in realizing this financial and moral imperative,” said Quentin Palfrey, Executive Director of J-PAL North America.
Read the full press release here and stay updated on our blog to learn more information about the competition winners.
The Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition is a part of J-PAL’s U.S. Health Care Delivery Initiative, which supports the randomized evaluations of strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care in the United States. We’ll be hosting a fall conference to share the work of the initiative. Keep an eye on this blog, our Facebook page, and Twitter feed for more information.