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CharterCARE and UnitedHealthcare to Improve Medicaid Patients' Health and Health Care in Rhode Island


CharterCARE Health Partners, CharterCARE Provider Group RI, LLC, and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island have launched a Medicaid accountable care program to improve health outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and reduce the overall cost of care for people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicaid plans.

UnitedHealthcare is collaborating with physician groups as part of the State of Rhode Island Accountable Entities Pilot to improve coordination of care for people enrolled in Medicaid. Approximately 5,000 people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid health plans in Rhode Island will benefit from this collaboration with CharterCARE.

The Reinventing Medicaid Act of 2015 is a comprehensive, progressive package of reforms that positions Rhode Island to improve access to high-quality care and achieve more than $100 million in annual Medicaid savings without cutting Medicaid eligibility or reducing benefits, according to the state.

“From day one, the top priority in our work to transform Medicaid has been to provide Rhode Islanders with better care and achieve healthier outcomes for more people,” said Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. “Accountable entities like these will reward collaboration and help shift our entire health care system toward a structure that pays for outcomes and quality, rather than volume of services. I commend CharterCARE and UnitedHealthcare for leading the way in this effort.”

UnitedHealthcare, the CharterCARE system and CharterCARE Provider Group RI will work together to better coordinate patient care by using shared technology and information about emergency room visits and hospital admissions, and services that help patients manage their chronic health conditions and encourage healthy lifestyles. The accountable care program also changes the incentives...