Geisinger, Dignity + 15 health systems join forces to improve Medicaid care

Seventeen health systems comprising 280 hospitals launched an initiative to improve care for Medicaid patients through financially sustainable solutions.

The Medicaid Transformation Project will be led by Avia, a network of health systems focused on digital innovation and transformation, and former CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt. The national effort to transform healthcare for Medicaid patients will focus on five facets, with four identified at this time: behavioral health, women and infant care, substance use disorder, and avoidable emergency department visits.

Five health systems — Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Aurora Health; Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health; San Francisco-based Dignity Health; Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger; and Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health — will anchor the initiative. A team at each of the 17 health systems will work with Avia to implement Medicaid solutions, and all hospitals will share strategies across the network.

The 12 other health systems participating in the initiative are:

Allina Health (Minneapolis)

Ballad Health (Johnson City, Tenn.)

Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.)

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

Henry Ford Health System (Detroit)

Memorial Hermann Health System (Houston)

Navicent Health (Macon, Ga.)

OSF HealthCare (Peoria, Ill.)

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (Albuquerque, N.M.)

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)

Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

UVA Health System (Charlottesville, Va.)

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