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Courage Center’s primary care clinic receives national health care innovation award

CONTACT:  Ryan Hoffman, Courage Center, 763-520-0361

MINNEAPOLIS (May 9, 2012) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday that Courage Center is one of 26 nationwide recipients of the Health Care Innovation Award.  The three-year $1.8 million award will allow the Minneapolis-based non-profit rehabilitation and resource center to further develop its patient-centered medical home model for people with disabilities and complex medical conditions.

The award will build on a successful pilot program, launched in 2009, that currently serves more than 200 people in the greater Twin Cities.  Courage Center’s care model is more than a place; it’s a philosophy of care.  “Our job is to put the pieces together, making the healthcare system simpler for people with complex medical needs,” said Jan Malcolm, CEO for Courage Center. “We give people the tools to manage their care, stay out of the hospital, and focus on living their lives.”

Where most health care homes seek to add social services and supports to an existing primary care clinic, Courage Center has added disability-competent primary care to a robust package of existing supports including mental health, rehabilitation therapies, health and wellness services, and other community-based services.  This type of medical home is the only one of its kind in Minnesota.

Participants in the pilot program have an average of eight chronic health conditions and, prior to enrolment in the medical home, spent nearly 11 days a year in the hospital.  After joining Courage Center’s medical home participants reduced their time spent in the hospital by 80 percent, a reduction amounting to yearly savings of over $3.25 million for the 200 current members.

Courage Center hopes to serve a model of care for people with disabilities and complex medical needs across the nation.  According to Malcolm, “these funds will be critical to bringing this replicable model to the next level, eliminating barriers to quality primary care and improving quality of life for our clients.”

The Department of Health and Human Services press release incorrectly refers to the recipient of this award as Camp Courage.  The recipient is Courage Center.

Attachments:

Link to list of all award recipients.

For more information about Courage Center please go to www.couragecenter.org  

Courage Center is a Minnesota-based, nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that serves children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. Courage Center specializes in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth. Founded in 1928, Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors.