PROVIDENCE, RI– Care New England (CNE) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) today announced the launch of HealthPath. A new two-year pilot program in collaboration with Continuum Behavioral Health, HealthPath is designed to offer patients better continuity and outcomes, and reduce overall behavioral health spending by providing BCBSRI members with access to comprehensive, coordinated, community-based treatment and support services.
In August 2012, BCBSRI and CNE signed a letter of intent to create a partnership that will further improve healthcare delivery and patient health outcomes, while slowing increases in healthcare costs. The HealthPath pilot is one of the efforts underway to address systemic issues the healthcare delivery system is facing in Rhode Island.
HealthPath, which will serve up to 230 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island commercially-insured subscribers at a given time, will link participants to a comprehensive set of customized, integrated services including counseling, psychiatry, care coordination, medication management, connections to primary care and wellness programs, as well as vocational support and case management. During the course of their involvement, a team of clinicians and case managers will work closely with each patient to develop a strategy that will focus on creating stability and control over their life and health, enabling patients to focus on getting well.
The HealthPath program is based on a Health Home treatment model designed by Continuum’s parent company, The Providence Center. This approach has proven effective in improving patient outcomes while reducing costs for at-need Medicaid patients in Rhode Island.
“We share BCBSRI and CNE’s commitment to creating a more effective healthcare delivery system,” said Ian Lang, Executive Director of Continuum Behavioral Health. “By ensuring that HealthPath members are able to receive the right level of care at the right place at the right time, we believe that we can improve patient care while simultaneously driving down health care costs for some of the system’s most complex patients.”
“Through this strategic partnership, BCBSRI and CNE are working together to change Rhode Island’s healthcare delivery system and the way we pay for healthcare,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, President and CEO of BCBSRI. “Recognizing that individuals with behavioral health challenges frequently face a number of other issues that impact their ability to effectively use the system, we collaborated to create an end-to-end model that will result in improvements to both the patient experience and long-term outcomes.”
“We have been working toward the national ‘triple aim’ of improving population health, enhancing the patient experience and reducing the per capita cost of care,” said Dennis D. Keefe, president and chief executive officer of Care New England. “In creating HealthPath, we have brought together those elements to make it happen. We believe we are transforming the relationship between the health care providers and the health insurer into a better system of care that truly meets the needs of the patient.”
About Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit BCBSRI.com and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.
About Care New England
Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island joined the system as a hospital partner in 2013. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; three teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent; a visiting nurse and home care agency, the VNA of Care New England; and Care New England Wellness Center. For more information, visit carenewengland.org.
About Continuum Behavioral Health
Continuum Behavioral Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Providence Center, providing its patients with access to a full continuum of behavioral health services under one roof. Clients of Continuum can access mental health therapy, substance abuse treatment, and other supportive services. Continuum has offices at Randal Square in Providence, and at 75 Sockanosset Crossroad in Cranston. For more information visit our website at continuumri.com.