Independence Blue Cross Awards 2022 Clinical Care Innovation Grants to Jefferson Health, Temple Health, Penn Medicine and Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic

PHILADELPHIA CREAM, July 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) today announced that it has awarded six Clinical Care Innovation Grants (CCI Grants) to local health systems to support projects aimed at improving the quality and delivery of care health. Health systems receiving grants include Jefferson Health, Temple Health, Penn Medicine and Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic.

“We are committed to investing in our community and are always looking for ways to improve the care our members receive,” said Rodrigo Cerdá, MD, MPH, senior vice president of health services and chief medical officer at Independence. “Supporting these grants is just one of the ways we work together with our great network of healthcare providers. This engaging and dynamic work we do with them helps ensure that our members receive the highest quality care and the best experience, at the most affordable cost. . We are excited to see how the work supported by these grants will continue to improve the health of our community.

The six funded projects include:

  • “Integrated Telehealth Palliative Care for People with Dementia” led by Brooke WorsterMD, FACP, Division Director of Supportive Oncology at Jefferson Health. This project uses a web-based telehealth and advanced care planning model to help reduce the barriers that older adults with dementia, who live in urban settings, face when trying to access palliative care. . The hope is that the model will improve health and well-being at the population level and potentially reduce the overall cost of care.
  • “Implementing Care Optimization for Person’s Emotions, Mood, and Other Related Experiences” (I COPE MORE) led by Temple Health faculty physicians David O’Gourekdoctor and Rachel Clarkdoctor and Charge Sturgisfrom the Temple Center for Population Health, LLC. This project focuses on integrating behavioral and medical care using a behavioral health screening tool. The screening tool quickly identifies at-risk patients, streamlines access to care, establishes a foundation for value-based care, and provides treatment planning and care coordination. The objectives of this project are to measure the success of the screening tool, to identify the links between behavioral and social factors and chronic diseases and to evaluate the impact of the integration of socio-behavioural health on diabetes management.
  • “Healing at Home” hosted by Kirstin LeitnerMD, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Penn Medicine and colleagues Lori ChristMD, assistant professor of pediatrics; Laura Scalise, MSN, RN, nurse manager; and Emilie Seltzersenior chief innovation officer at the Center for Digital Health. The project focuses on a system that uses an AI-guided chatbot to provide 24/7 support to new mothers who have questions about their baby or their own needs during the ” fourth trimester”. The goals are to expand access to the system and its mental health monitoring and support offerings, and to evaluate the benefits it provides.
  • “Pregnancy Early Access Center (PEACE): Scaling a Value-Based Model for Urgent Pregnancy Care” directed by Courtney SchreiberMD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Family Planning at Penn Medicine. This project focuses on a model that provides care for the early stages of pregnancy, including miscarriage, which occurs in one in five pregnancies. It places particular emphasis on equitable follow-up care for those who experience a miscarriage, particularly among those who seek care in emergency departments (95% of whom currently receive no ongoing care).
  • “CareConnect Warmline: Substance use Navigation and Low-Barrier Treatment to Reduce Disparities” directed by Jeanmarie PerronMD, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Penn Medicine Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy. This project aims to reduce barriers to timely access to buprenorphine (a drug that quells opioid cravings in the brain) for the majority Black, Indigenous and Colored communities of philadelphia cream. It includes a telemedicine-based outreach and navigation service that guides people through various aspects of addiction treatment.
  • “A Comprehensive Caregiver Support Model for the Critically Ill” led by Naomi McMackinMD, Regional Medical Officer of the Clinically Integrated Network for Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic. This project aims to assess the needs and interventions of patients and caregivers while addressing the downward health trajectory with critical illness conversations in the home. The project uses a model that engages health care partners across the continuum of care (eg, acute case management, spiritual care, palliative care, etc.) and innovates in the care delivered.

This is the second year that Independence has awarded CCI grants, and already positive results are being reported. For example, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic’s primary care model Achieve lasting improvements through engagement progress in involving patients in the fight against chronic kidney disease. The Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic model showed that in patients who saw a nutritionist, there was a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI) when they had at least two measurements. The decrease was due to better nutrition, exercise, medication management and education about their disease. Patients who had no decrease in BMI were counselled.

Healthcare systems and large specialty groups within the Independence Network that are currently enrolled in a value-based care program are eligible to participate in the CCI grant process. Each entity is authorized up to three submissions per year. For more information, visit the CCI Grants website at

About Independence Blue Cross

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