Trinity Health Creates $2M Challenge to Improve Health Care for Patients

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As a way to generate ideas to improve care and reduce readmission rates for patients who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, Livonia-based Trinity Health will offer $2 million in grants to identify, fund, and implement new innovations in health care.

"This year, we are looking for breakthrough ideas that can help us deliver more personalized, people centered care to the populations of patients in our communities who are covered by both Medicaid and Medicare," says Anna Marie Butrie, vice president of innovation program and services for Trinity Health. "Dual eligible patients have complicated and costly medical needs and we can really make a difference for them by offering more coordinated care and by enabling them to engage more fully with their own care."

Butrie says the organization will fund up to six winning innovations with as much as $350,000. She says grant awardees from outside the organization or the industry will be matched with a Trinity Health facility or service.

"We believe there is great potential for innovation when people from both inside and outside the health care industry are brought together to find solutions," says Scott Nordlund, executive vice president of growth, strategy, and innovation at Trinity Health.

Nordlund says in the U.S., nearly 11 million people are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid — a group comprised of low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities.

Dual eligible patients have very low incomes (55 percent have annual incomes below $10,000), substantial health challenges, are more likely to have mental health needs, and are more likely to be living in nursing homes, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Last year, the health system also announced that over the next five years, it will invest $80 million in grants and services that focus on policy, systems, and environmental changes that aim to reduce tobacco use and obesity, while addressing other health issues.

Trinity Health operates in 21 states with nearly 90 hospitals and more than 100 continuing care locations. In Michigan, Trinity Health operates St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Livingston, Troy, Port Huron, along with Mercy Health is Muskegon and Grand Rapids. 

To submit a proposal, click here.​

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