CMS Health Care Innovation Award - University of Texas Health Science Center

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Houston, TX
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has received a three-year, $3.7 million grant to continue an innovative High Risk Children's Clinic that is designed to improve outcomes for chronically ill children while reducing health care costs.

The goal is to offer accessible, comprehensive and compassionate care in an enhanced medical home to improve outcomes and reduce costs for high-risk chronically ill children. Over the next three years, UTHealth physicians estimate, this clinic will save almost $4.3 million in health care costs.

The health care team – which includes primary and specialty services - converges to treat each patient’s medical needs at the same time in one location. The team also is available 24 hours a day. Parents are encouraged to call the clinic cell phone, even if it is in the middle of the night or on the weekend. Nurse practitioners are almost always the first responders. 

Last updated April 2014
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