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CCNC named finalist for Hearst Health prize

CCNC named finalist for Hearst Health prize

Three Finalists Named for $100,000 Hearst Health Prize in Partnership with the Jefferson College Population of Health 


NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA --  February 9, 2016 -- Hearst Health, a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, today announced the three finalists for the inaugural Hearst Health Prize, a $100,000 award given in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving health. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, president of Hearst Health and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, who is one of the judges. 

The finalists are (in alphabetical order): 

Centering Healthcare Institute: CenteringPregnancy is an innovative approach to prenatal care that has reached more than 125,000 pregnant women in 400 practice sites across the country. It is a group care delivery model that brings together women with similar due dates for an extended time with their clinical provider to receive three components of care: health assessment, interactive learning, and community building. 

Impact of program: 

  • Reductions in preterm birth between 33% and 47% across five published peer-reviewed studies; reduced odds of preterm birth are particularly dramatic among African American women 
  • Increases in birth weight, especially for preterm infants
  • The model is shown to lower healthcare costs on an average of more than $2,000 per pregnant woman. Centering’s approved sites are estimated to have saved the healthcare system $35 million in 2014. 

Community Care of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC: A transitional care management model that includes medication management, education for self-management and timely outpatient communication with the medical home to follow up on clinical and social issues that can affect outcomes. The program is delivered to 1.4 million North Carolina Medicaid beneficiaries, including dual-eligibles, with a strong focus on identifying individuals with chronic medical conditions at risk for hospitalization or readmission. 

Impact of program: 

  • The rates of hospitalization and readmission for the target population have declined by 10% and 16%, respectively, since 2008. 
  • 9% reduction in in total Medicaid costs—cited by North Carolina Office of the State Auditor
  • Established real-time data connections with 87 hospitals, representing 78% of all Medicaid hospitalizations 

Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health: The Wealth from Health®, Inc. program provides incentives to engage patients, families and caregivers in education, care management and healthy behaviors. It serves adults and children with complex chronic diseases, including asthma, sickle-cell anemia, HIV, renal stage disease and behavioral health issues (approximately 2,500 individuals). 

Impact of program:  

  • A 40% reduction in inpatient admissions for members enrolled at least 6 months 
  • A 32% reduction in cost for those patients who had at least two chronic conditions
  • For those enrolled in the program for at least one year, there was a total of $2.1 million reduction of cost when compared to a full year prior to program enrollment 

The finalists will present their programs at a special poster session at the 16th annual Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia on March 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. One winner of the Hearst Health Prize will be announced at the Colloquium on the following morning, March 8, at 8 a.m. 

“The Hearst Health Prize uncovered many innovative and effective population health initiatives, and we applaud the finalists for truly distinguishing themselves by creating and administering programs that deliver meaningful quality, health and economic outcomes,” Dorn said. “The quality of the submissions were outstanding, and we are encouraged by the broad impact that our finalists’ programs have made,” Nash said. “Our hope is that their success and impact can be translated into other programs and communities across the country.” 

More than 125 submissions for the Hearst Health Prize were received from hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, academic institutions, community organizations, nonprofits and health departments across the U.S. Applications were evaluated based on the program’s population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement; use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care; scalability and sustainability; promotion of engagement, collaboration and communication; and innovation. 

The finalists were the highest scoring in these criteria based on evaluation by a distinguished panel of judges: 

  • Nancy-Ann DeParle, JD
  • Mark Fendrick, MD
  • Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS
  • H. Stephen Lieber, CAE
  • Mark McClellan, MD, PhD
  • David B. Nash, MD, MBA
  • Valinda Rutledge, MBA, MSN
  • James M. Schibanoff, MD
  • Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA 

View the full release from Hearst Health/Jefferson College of Population Health here.

CCNC named finalist for Hearst Health prize