The Care Coordination
Initiative is a partnership of New Ulm Medical Center, South Country Health
Alliance, Brown County Family Services, Brown County Public Health and the
State of Minnesota. New Ulm Medical Center received a $366,312 Accountable
Communities for Health Grant, which is part of a $45 million State Innovation
Model (SIM) cooperative agreement awarded to the Minnesota Departments of
Health and Human Services in 2013 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
(CMMI) to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. This project
is also funded by South Country Health Alliance and New Ulm Medical Center.
These grants are helping New
Ulm Medical Center and our partners provide care coordination services to our
patients and area residents who are in need of additional services to manage
their health, such as an older adult living at home, a patient who needs
assistance managing current health conditions, medications, finances or
activities of daily living, or any individual who would like to develop a
strong support system. Our team includes socials workers, nurses, and
pharmacists, in collaboration with your provider, to provide our patients and
residents with additional support. In addition, we’re working to reduce the
health disparities that exist between different populations in our region due
to socioeconomic or environmental factors.
As a result of the efforts in
this first year, we’ve seen health improvements in our patients with asthma,
COPD, depression, and diabetes, cancer screening rates have improved for breast
and colon cancer, and emergency room and hospitalizations have decreased.
To learn more about this, please contact Kaylee
Kamm, LSW, at 507-217-5078.