WOONSOCKET – State health officials have approved Seven Hills Rhode Island’s application to run an outpatient ambulatory care facility as part of a multi-million dollar pilot project aimed at containing health care costs for individuals coping with complex developmental and physical disabilities.
Seven Hills will operate one of two Living RIte centers under a $15 million grant obtained by the University of Rhode Island, according to Christine Gadbois, administrator of Seven Hills Rhode Island.
AccessPoint RI, another health care provider in Cranston, will run the other.
One goal of the program is to find ways of squeezing greater efficiencies from Medicare and Medicaid for patients with multiple medical issues, according to Gadbois. Such patients typically have regular contact with many doctors but none of the doctors have any contact with each other.
Treatment will be coordinated at Seven Hills through a multidisciplinary team that includes a nurse practitioner, occupational health therapist, physical therapist, a dietician and a pharmacist.
“Peer health navigators” will also be assigned to work as liaisons between patients and their doctors to help coordinate care and avoid duplication of services.
“Some of these patients have a half-dozen different doctors or more,” said Gadbois. “This team reaches out to the doctors. Hopefully what we are going to see is health care costs come down by using more preventative care and less acute care.”
URI’s Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the recipient of the grant, projects the savings over the life of the grant for the combined caseload of both Living Rite Centers to be in excess of $15 million, according to paperwork filed with the state Department of Health.
Seven Hills’ share of the grant is about $3 million, according to Gadbois. She said the non-profit health care organization envisions enrolling about 500 patients in the program when it is fully up and running. About 130 are already signed up.
Seven Hills Rhode Island is located at 30 Cumberland St. and will run the Living RIte Center from the ground floor of the multi-story office building in the Social District.
Seven Hill Rhode Island is part of the Seven Hills Foundation, a non-profit network of clinical, vocational and residential facilities specializing in the treatment of a wide range of developmental, behavioral and physical disabilities for adults and children. The foundation offers programming at 180 locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, providing services to some 30,000 individuals.
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