Six hospitals across two states in medium-to-small markets, including Indiana Regional Medical Center, have been recruited to participate in the Primary Care Resource Center Project. The project is part of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and it is funded by a Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
Joining IRMC are the Butler Memorial Hospital, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Sharon Regional Health System Main Hospital in Sharon, Uniontown Hospital and Wheeling Hospital. With implementation of federal healthcare legislation incoming, officials say hospitals need to play a key role in reducing demand for acute care services. This project will help hospitals experiment with a new model of care.
The goal of the project is to slow, stop of reverse chronic disease progression in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease while shifting care from inpatient to outpatient or home settings. Officials say the project will result in better health and lower costs.