Initiatives address pain management and opioid addiction, behavioral health, chronic kidney disease

(Wellesley, MA) – Physician practices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire will receive grant funding this year from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Quality Grants Program. Harvard Pilgrim’s 19th annual grant program will fund 11 initiatives up to $100,000 with each designed to improve care delivery and reduce costs within a variety of care delivery models. Over the past 18 years, Harvard Pilgrim has funded over 280 initiatives totaling more than $20 million.

“It is very encouraging to see how physicians are evolving the practice of medicine to meet the changing needs of their patients,” said Dr. Michael Sherman, senior vice president and chief medical officer. “While many of the concerns we hear about today have not been part of the traditional medical school curriculums, these practices are stepping up with innovative ideas for issues such as substance use services in pediatric primary care, behavioral health, chronic kidney disease, and improving the approach to pain management and opioid addiction. We are proud to support all these efforts and look forward to sharing best practices to improve patient care throughout our region.”

Physician leaders from the Harvard Pilgrim provider network helped select the winning proposals. Review criteria included demonstrated need, innovation in providing care, sustainability, care coordination for complex and chronic care and behavioral health integration. For more information, visit

The following provider groups received grants from Harvard Pilgrim for initiatives designed to improve care delivery and reduce costs:

Community Health Center Association of CT Submission Project Echo CT Building an Integrated Approach to Pain Management and Opioid Addiction in Federally-Qualified Health Centers
Connecticut Center for Primary Care and ProHealth Physicians CT Integrating Primary & Behavioral Health Care with eConsults
Cheshire Medical NH Prescribe for Health: Transforming Care Through Clinical- Community Integration
InterMed ME NICU to Home Transitions
Maine Quality Counts ME Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment: Building Competency and Capacity for Primary Care Teams
MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization ME Delivering wrap-around ambulatory care for high risk patients with COPD and CHF
Penobscot Community Health Care in collaboration with St. Joseph Healthcare ME Improving Transitions of Care Through Innovative Community Provider Partnerships
Boston Children’s Hospital MA Integration of Substance Use Services in Pediatric Primary Care
Lowell General PHO MA Chronic Kidney Disease Program
Upham’s Corner Health Committee, Inc. MA Streamlining Transitions of Care in a Value-Based Model of Care
Valley Medical Group/Baycare Health MA Improving the Mission of Advance Care Planning at Valley Medical Group


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