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MI Care Team Project Launches July 1

Friday, July 1, 2016  
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Michigan Primary Care Association and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services are pleased to announce the launch of the MI Care Team also referred to as Health Homes on July 1, 2016. Ten Michigan Federally Qualified Health Centers at 44 sites in 23 counties have committed to use an innovative model of care with access to new technology and data through Care Connect 360. The participating Health Centers are expected to serve a population of approximately 18,000. 

In 2014, MDHHS appropriated funding to implement primary care Health Homes in Michigan’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and Tribal Health Centers. MPCA is coordinating a comprehensive MI Care Team Learning Community that includes training, technical assistance and peer network supports in partnership with the Medicaid Services Administration.

The participating Michigan Health Centers are:

  • Advantage Health Centers
  • Cherry Health
  • Covenant Community Care, Inc.
  • Family Health Center, Inc.
  • Family Medical Center of Michigan
  • Genesee Community Health Center
  • Health Delivery, Inc.
  • The Wellness Plan Medical Centers
  • Thunder Bay Community Health Services, Inc.
  • Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Under Section 2703 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), the Health Home service model is intended to help chronically ill Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries manage their health conditions through an intimate level of care management and coordination. The MI Care Team Model builds on the philosophies of IMPACT and Nuka Care Models, which are centered in whole-person, team-based care. As such, the MI Care Team will utilize an interdisciplinary team of providers who operate in a behavioral health integrated primary care setting to ensure a seamless transition of care and help connect the beneficiary with needed clinical and social services. To achieve this, the team will include the presence of a Nurse Care Manager and Community Health Worker. With the beneficiary’s consent, health information technology will strengthen care management and coordination through data collection and information sharing. Together, the model will address all facets of a beneficiary’s health status, including clinical needs and social determinants of health. The model is expected to boost patient self-management of chronic conditions, reduce health care costs and raise quality of life for participating beneficiaries.

For additional information on MI Care Team, contact Shannon Lijweski, MPCA Clinical Consultant.

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