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EOC in partnership to improve services for low-income Coloradans

13 Apr. 2017

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EOC in partnership to improve services for low-income Coloradans

DRCOG managing $4.5 million effort with EOC and other community partners

Energy Outreach Colorado is working with the Denver Regional Council of Governments and other community partners to provide better access to home energy, stable housing and other support services for Coloradans – specifically Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is providing $120 million in funding to 32 regions across the United States – including Denver with $4.5 million – to streamline support services that address housing instability, food insecurity, domestic violence and transportation needs.

During the five year project, 16 partners in Colorado will pilot new collaborations between health and social providers, track patient outcomes and cost reductions, and develop best practices. As one of the partners, Energy Outreach Colorado will focus on home energy needs and affordable housing stability.

“We know that innovation at the state and community level is essential to improve health outcomes and lower costs,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality.

The effort to increase innovative collaboration between clinical and community service providers is known as the Accountable Health Communities model. It is authorized under Section 1115A of the Social Security Act, which established a center to test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program expenses while enhancing quality of care.

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