The has announced the launch of a multiyear initiative to explore how new collaborations can drive large-scale improvements in the health of communities.
Supported by a $1.7 million grant from the , the Healthy Outcomes initiative will provide advice, financial support, tools, convenings, and other assistance aimed at helping human services providers build their capacity to work with healthcare organizations in new ways. According to NFF, community-based providers of human services can be key allies in healthcare organizations’ efforts to demonstrate broad and measurable improvements in areas such as cost and quality of health care, as well as improving the overall health of a population.
"The growing shift from fee-for-service to outcomes-based payment models, accelerated by the Affordable Care Act, presents urgent and compelling opportunities for all stakeholders to re-orient together around building healthier communities," said NFF chief executive Antony Bugg-Levine. "Bridging the on-the-ground knowledge of community-based providers with the population expertise of healthcare organizations will be critical to realizing the promise of healthcare reform."