DE Center for Health Innovation Cross Committee Meeting

DATE: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
TIME: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
LOCATION: The Outlook Center | 500 W. Loockerman Street | Dover, DE 19904


This event will also be streamed LIVE on the Delaware Dept. of Health & Social Services Facebook page


Introduction/Welcome: Matthew Swanson, Chairperson, DCHI
Opening Remarks: Dr. Kara Walker, Secretary, DHSS

PANEL 1: State Experiences with Payment Reform

Moderator: Tom Brown, Sr. VP, Nanticoke Health Services; President, Nanticoke Physician Network; Co-Chair, DCHI Payment Committee
Maryland: Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Assoc. Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Vermont: Robin Lunge, Member, Vermont Green Mountain Care Board
Massachusetts: David Seltz, Exec. Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission


PANEL 2: Research/National Perspectives on Payment Reform

Moderator: TBD
Peter Hussey, PhD, Program Director, Health Services Delivery Systems, RAND Corporation
Robert Saunders, PhD, Research Director, Payment & Delivery Reform, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy


Closing Remarks: DCHI/DHSS/HCC

Hosted by the Delaware Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the Delaware Health Care Commission (HCC).

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Delaware State Innovation Model (DE SIM) State-Led Evaluation Report for AY2

March 2017 Full Report Prepared for the Delaware Health Care Commission.

The purpose of this report is to summarize the activities and results of the state-led evaluation
of the first-year implementation (AY2) for the Delaware State Innovation Model (DE SIM). DE
SIM is a broad-based health system transformation effort funded by the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) currently being implemented across 38 states and territories.
As an expectation of the overall DE SIM plan, the state-led evaluation is intended to engage
stakeholders in a continuous improvement approach to examining the processes and outcomes
of DE SIM. In collaboration with DE SIM stakeholders, the state-led evaluation is expected to
provide input on, track, and inform stakeholders of progress towards unique, state-specific
implementation milestones and model outcomes. In doing so, a feedback loop will be created
for Delaware to track implementation, make mid-course corrections, and meet program goals.

March 2017 Annual Report of Progress (full-text PDF)

Policy Proposal to Achieve Health Care Cost Savings

At yesterday’s Health Care Commission meeting DHSS Sec Kara Odom Walker reviewed her policy proposal to achieve health care cost savings.

A copy of Dr. Walker’s powerpoint presentation is available here (6.2.17 Sec Walker health care costs proposal).  This is the beginning of her leadership effort to implement payment reform with quality improvement as the guiding principles.

Why this matters for patients:  The DE Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) has been implementing a multi year plan to increase adoption of Accountable Care

Organization (ACO) structures and payment reform models including increased care coordination among medical professionals for improving quality outcomes for patients with care treatment better coordinated and supported by payment model reform.

This is the new Secretary’s plan for achieving the goals that are the foundation for the DE Health Care Commission (DHCC) and DCHI work supported in part by the DE Health Information Network (DHIN)