As part of Vermont's ongoing health care reform efforts, Governor Peter Shumlin and the leadership of the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project (VHCIP) announced today the award of eight grants totaling more than $2.6 million to health care innovators around the state.
The grants are aimed at reducing health care costs by supporting projects that change how health care providers and their patients work together to prevent illness, manage chronic disease, and improve services.
"Health care reform in Vermont is well underway, and this is an important step toward our ultimate goal of creating a system that saves Vermonters money while covering everyone. Our challenge is to put a stop to skyrocketing health care costs that are hammering Vermont businesses and families. Through this grant program, we are supporting leaders who are working to do just that," said Governor Shumlin.
Anya Rader Wallack, chair of the VHCIP, explained that the grant-supported projects will both reduce costs and improve care. "These projects are all about better health care," Wallack said. "They reflect the best thinking about preventing illness, managing chronic conditions and reducing harm."
The eight projects will test promising innovations and involve unique collaboration across provider groups.