Members of the SC General Assembly:
SCDHHS would like to update you on an important health initiative and a pending deadline this Friday, which may involve health care providers in your area.
As you know, the General Assembly passed Proviso 33.34 (full text below), part of which gives hospitals and primary care safety net providers a platform, with structure and funding, to develop local partnerships focusing their expertise on South Carolinians who are uninsured, chronically ill and high utilizers of hospital emergency departments. This forward-thinking proviso has really led to some fruitful discussions already among health care providers in our state.
Now, hospitals and primary care safety net providers in your district have the opportunity to participate in the proviso’s “Healthy Outcomes Plan” (HOP) and submit models based on ideas and best practices that can:
1. Improve the coordination of care for this at-risk population;
2. Lower health care costs and
3. Facilitate the development of a high-performing and replicable system of care.
The HOP is one of the largest process improvement efforts that Medicaid has undertaken to effectively integrate best practices into our health care delivery systems to improve health. Partnering with Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, free clinics and other primary care safety net providers serving the uninsured, your local hospital can collaboratively build or expand models to improve health care value in South Carolina. We have an opportunity to show other states the amazing progress borne of our collaboration – and help our fellow citizens get and stay healthier.
Following weeks of collaborating, SCDHHS released the HOP guidelines and the application form, on the SCDHHS website earlier this month. You can view that information, and see the letter from SCDHHS Director, Tony Keck, and SC Hospital Association President and CEO Thornton Kirby, here:
All South Carolina hospitals have been made aware of this opportunity. HOP applications are due this Friday, August 30, 2013. We look forward to seeing the proposals your local hospitals submit, and reporting back to you on the progress we make toward addressing our state’s most pressing health needs.
Thank you for your support of the Medicaid program, and the efforts outlined in Proviso 33.34 designed to reform the health care delivery system in South Carolina