Tufts Medical Center Awarded EOHHS Grant to Improve Quality of Patient Care and Reduce Health Care Costs

January 19, 2016

BRAINTREE, MA (January 19, 2016)--Tufts Medical Center  has been awarded more than $300,000 in funding from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ (EOHHS) to improve the quality of patient care and reduce health care costs. The grants help fund work with New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), Tufts Medical Center’s physician organization, that taking place through June 2016. The Infrastructure and Capacity-Building (ICB) funding enables health care providers to establish integrated health care delivery systems. The grants support the continued efforts of the EOHHS to prepare providers for a MassHealth shift from a value-based payment model to one that rewards providers for value and outcomes.

Both Tufts Medical Center and NEQCA have been participating in Alternative Payment Method payer contracts and have been working continuously on capabilities within the organization to support population health initiatives that support better patient care and are required as part of those arrangements.

With this funding, Tufts Medical Center and NEQCA will work together and build upon its already successful integrations by designing and implementing an Enterprise Health Information Exchange (HIE) Pilot Program to allow providers to have a more complete view of patient information as patients visit providers across the network. The Enterprise HIE will start as a pilot that will integrate several hospital systems, including registration, lab, emergency department and the inpatient system, as well as the ambulatory record used by many of the NEQCA practices.

In addition, this funding will enable NEQCA to connect one additional EMR system to the NEQCA/Tufts Medical Center Provider Registry to support quality measure reporting.

“The work that will be undertaken over the next several months will add great value to the NEQCA network,” said Lisa Reed, NEQCA Senior Director Healthcare Information Services. “Having a more complete view of patient information is crucial in how our providers care for their patients. This information can better inform decision making at the point of care, ultimately leading to improvements over time and reduced health care costs.”

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About New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA) 
New England Quality Care Alliance is the award winning, not for profit, physician network of Tufts Medical Center. NEQCA is comprised of almost 1,800 physicians located in practices across Eastern Massachusetts, from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. The NEQCA network is integrated with Tufts Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and the Floating Hospital for Children, the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, please visit: www.neqca.org.

About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org