PITTSBURGH – The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care will use a $3.8 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study “high touch” vs. “high tech” treatment approaches for vulnerable patients.
“The results of this study will allow us to enhance patient engagement, support patients with programs that are best suited for them and improve overall health outcomes,” said
Dr. James Schuster, chief medical officer for Medicaid and behavioral services at UPMC Health Plan, in a statement.
The PCORI funding will allow researchers to spend the next four years studying the effectiveness of two approaches for deploying an evidence-based integrated care model developed by UPMC Health Plan and Community Care Behavioral Health that supports Medicaid and dual-eligible beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions who often have multiple health-related and psychosocial needs.
One approach uses telehealth, remote monitoring and other web-based health tools available through UPMC Health Plan; and the other utilizes nurses and social workers employed by UPMC Health Plan to provide intensive, in-person support services for patients in their homes and communities.
A collaborative research team from UPMC Health Plan, Community Care Behavioral Health and UPMC Provider Services will participate in the study along with patients that are representative of the Medicaid and dual-eligible populations.
“Thanks to the PCORI funding, we will be able to better understand how innovative deployment strategies can enhance the ability of health care systems to support these patients through an integrated model of care,” said Schuster.
The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care promotes value-driven health care by deploying innovations developed by the UPMC Insurance Services Division in partnership with providers, patients, and other stakeholders.
This announcement marks the third time in the past five years that the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care has been selected to receive PCORI funding, totaling more than $7.5 million.
The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care study was selected for PCORI funding following a highly competitive review process in which patients, clinicians and other stakeholders joined clinical scientists to evaluate the proposals.