This grant, which was only awarded to 26 organizations across the country, will allow Dr. Jeffrey Brenner and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to expand their targeted, one-on-one work with the city’s high frequency users of emergency services. For ten years, the group has been working with the most difficult to serve and sickest patients. Its patients cycle in and out of hospitals and emergency rooms and their medical bills total in thousands of Medicaid, Medicare and charity care dollars and are very often chronically homeless.
While Brenner and the Coalition’s work has become a national model, it has not been possible to “bring it to scale” and show a true reduction in the city’s healthcare spending. Receiving a grant of this magnitude will allow the coalition to demonstrate that they are not only reducing overspending in hospitals but according to Brenner:
“The CMS grant will give the coalition the heft to demonstrate whether it can bend the cost curve. The stakes are very high. If we don’t reduce costs and increase quality in a demonstrable way in the next two to three years, we won’t be here — or we will be a much, much smaller, narrowly focused organization.’”
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