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UnitedHealthcare receives a five-year Accountable Health Communities
(AHC) award from CMS to improve health outcomes on Oahu
A new screening program available to eligible Medicare and Medicaid
patients of Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Kalihi-Palama
Health Center and The Queen’s Medical Centers aims to address critical
gaps between clinical care and social services. Funded by a five-year,
$4.5 million award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) to UnitedHealthcare, in partnership with the Hawaii State
Department of Human Services, the Accountable Health Communities (AHC)
Model was created by CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
UnitedHealthcare has implemented the Accountable Health Communities
Model, which includes self-administered screenings – completed by using
a computer tablet – to help identify and address the health-related
social needs of eligible Medicare and Medicaid recipients, thereby
improving their experiences and reducing inpatient and outpatient
utilization, while reducing total health care costs. These
health-related social needs can include employment, safe housing,
reliable transportation and financial stability. The award to support
program activities was provided to UnitedHealthcare; however, patients
do not need to be enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare Medicare or Medicaid
managed care program to participate. UnitedHealthcare is further
supporting the program with an additional $6.4 million investment.
“Social barriers, such as housing instability and quality, food
insecurity, personal safety, and lack of transportation and affordable
utilities, affect people’s ability to maintain their health and
well-being,” said Katherine Keir, UnitedHealthcare Hawaii state
director. “This award will enable UnitedHealthcare and our clinical
partners to identify the needs of some of our most vulnerable residents
and connect them to community-based organizations that can help them
live healthier lives.”
In addition to the partner clinical sites, several community-based
organizations are working to implement the program. These include Aloha
United Way, The Institute for Human Services, Catholic Charities Hawaii,
Child & Family Service, Parents and Children Together and Hawaiian
The award also funds a team of navigators who will assess the results of
the screenings, make referrals, coordinate services and perform ongoing
follow-up to help resolve an individual’s social needs. Since October
2018, the clinical partners have offered the comprehensive screening to
more than 7,700 Medicare and Medicaid recipients. The goal is to reach
75,000 comprehensive screenings per year.
An advisory board of local stakeholders helps oversee program
implementation, encourage partner participation, ensure that social
services are available and aligned to patients’ needs, and assess the
results of the model. The advisory board includes representatives from
the Governor’s office, DHS Med-QUEST administration, state government
agencies, health care providers and social service organizations.
The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number
CMS-1P1-17-0010 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are
solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily
represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and
making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the
health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs,
and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers.
UnitedHealthcare has three office locations in Hawai’i with over 300
employees serving Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries on every island.
UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for
individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care
professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people
through owned and operated health care facilities in South America.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit
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Katherine KeirHawaii State Director, UnitedHealthcarekatherine_keir@uhc.com808-535-1035