Partners HealthCare to Dole Out $90M in Grants for Community Health Centers

Boston-based Partners HealthCare is planning to award $90 million to community health centers over the next 15 years as part of a new grant program to strengthen primary care in Massachusetts, according to a Boston Globe report.

The system is launching the program with Neighborhood Health Plan, the first health insurer it recently acquired that covers more than 240,000 state residents, most of whom are of low-income status.

Partners' first group of grants will give $4.25 million to 49 community health centers statewide for immediate improvements, such as health information technology and redesigned office procedures for more patient-centered care. Those 49 centers belong to the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which care for roughly 560,000 Medicaid or Medicare patients, or patients with state-subsidized insurance.

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