Idaho gets $40K for medical home project
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Nine health care-related organizations gave some $40,000 to a state-led effort that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter hopes boosts the quality of care and reduces costs, especially for low-income Medicaid recipients.
Contributors to Otter's Medical Home pilot project included St. Luke's Health System and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, which gave $5,000 apiece, and Cambia Health Foundation, which gave $10,000.
The two-year pilot project aims to refocus health care in Idaho from responding to acute situations to a model where patients develop a relationship with their doctors to coordinate preventative care -- before emergencies arise.
Otter first announced this effort two years ago, and his office is taking applications from medical providers for this first two-year phase.
His office said selections of up to 15 providers will be done in September.