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Sarbanes Announces Nearly $50 Million for Health Care Innovation Initiatives in Baltimore

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Location: Towson, MD

U.S. Congressman John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $50 million in Health Care Innovation Awards to health care providers and health care training institutions in the Baltimore area. The funding was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

"The Affordable Care Act has already begun to transform our health care system and these grants will make critical federal investments in programs that provide high-quality, affordable care to people who need it," said Congressman Sarbanes. "By expanding health care programs that have a proven track record, we can improve care and set an example not only for other organizations in Maryland, but around the country."

The awards will support innovative projects designed to deliver high-quality medical care, enhance the health care workforce and save money.

HHS has awarded funding to the following recipients in the Baltimore area:

CareFirst BlueCross/BlueShield -- $24 million to expand its Total Care and Cost Improvement program, a Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery and payment, to 25,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland per year.

Johns Hopkins Community Health Partnership (J-CHiP) -- $19.9 million to create a comprehensive and integrated health care program that increases access to services for high-risk adults in East Baltimore, especially those with chronic illness, mental illness and substance abuse conditions.

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing -- $4.1 million to retrain occupational therapists and registered nurses through its Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program, which helps improve the everyday lives of elders struggling with health issues and reduces the number of nursing home admissions and hospitalizations for beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid.

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