In the News
August 24, 2016
Care Dimensions Gets $750K to Provide Key Treatment Earlier
Care Dimensions, a Danvers-based nonprofit that provides hospice and palliative care in 90 eastern Massachusetts communities, today announced that it has received a $750,000 grant to identify palliative care-eligible patients earlier in the trajectory of their illness.
The grant from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), will enable Care Dimensions to team with North Shore Physicians to embed palliative care support into primary care practices, providing a resource for primary care physicians in the early identification of patients with serious advancing illness.
The grant is one of the largest awarded this year by HPC's Health Care Innovation Investment Program.
Diane Stringer, president and chief executive officer of Care Dimensions, said, "Our goal is to realize a 30% decrease in re-admissions and emergency department visits by 2018 to significantly reduce health care costs overall while strengthening alliances and partnerships with health care systems and referral sources to improve the quality of care for patients and families.”
The grants were awarded as part of the commission's plan to support "innovative delivery and payment models that are poised to be taken to scale and make a meaningful impact on the Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark in years to come."
David Seltz, HPC executive director, noted, “Care Dimensions’ efforts are critical to achieving our shared goals of improving the health of Massachusetts residents and reducing health care cost growth to ensure sustained access to quality and affordable health care.”
Care Dimensions, founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, was one of the nation’s first hospice providers, and today is the largest, most comprehensive hospice provider in Massachusetts.
In 2015, the company served 1,509 palliative care patients through 2,268 visits. Care Dimensions Palliative Care has coordinated with inpatient and outpatient settings since its inception and is currently the Palliative Care provider for Beverly Hospital, Emerson Hospital, Winchester Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Whidden Hospital, and Anna Jacques Hospital. This year, it was chosen as one of 140 hospices nationally to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model program, which provides supportive services to patients who can continue to seek treatment for their terminal illness.
HPC is an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce health care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care,, with responsibility for monitoring the performance of the health care system; analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality, and access, setting the health care cost growth benchmark, and investing in community health care delivery and innovations.