Improving Access to Quality Care: Grant Funding

Ongoing or Previous Grant Funding

Getting Down to Basics:  Collaborative Strategies to Strengthen the Understanding, Impact and Value of MaineCare for its Members 
In 2009, MeHAF partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services and seven grantees to identify ways to strengthen the understanding, impact and value of Medicaid (MaineCare) for its members.  The group researched and shared local and national best practices, and gathered input from nearly 1,000 Maine people on proposed improvement strategies to produce the report Improving the Health of Maine People: Getting Down to Basics.  Building on the recommendations from this report, in June 2010, MeHAF awarded grants totaling $265,842 to support community projects that provide the basic tools and resources that people need to be healthier and get better value from the health care system.  Each grantee was required to engage members of MeHAF's priority populations, those who are uninsured and underserved, in devising solutions that specifically address recommendations in the report.

August 2010: Improving Practice Management for Safety Net Dental Clinics with SafetyNet Solutions
Seven safety-net dental clinics recieved MeHAF-funded practice management consulting services from SafetyNetSolutions, a program of the nonprofit DentaQuest Institute to help them balance mission and business to better serve their patients.  By helping providers improve clinical productivity and their bottom line, they are able to offer vital oral health services for those who need it most. 

2006-2009: Improving Access to and Management of Medications through Partnerships with Care and Community Providers
Securing free or low-cost prescriptions is a significant challenge for many low-income and uninsured people in Maine and a major barrier to high quality health outcomes. From 2006-2009 MeHAF provided competitive grants totaling $2.1 million to ten hospitals, health centers, and uncompensated care programs for projects that helped people access more affordable medications and helped people and providers better manage prescriptions.  We commissioned researchers from the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service to conduct a literature review and synthesis entitled Improving Medication Management: A Review of the Evidence.  Lessons learned from the medication management work will be incorporated into upcoming grant programs.  

2006/2008:  Enhancing Medication Safety in Maine's Critical Access Hospitals
MeHAF partnered with Maine's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), the Maine Quality Forum, the Muskie School of Public Service, the Maine Hospital Association and the State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care to support a non-competitive CAH Patient Safety Collaborative focused on medication safety and effective medication management.  Technical assistance and support for the collaborative was provided by researchers from the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.  Participating hospitals received up to $50,000 for grants that advanced patient safety strategies. 

In 2011, the Muskie School of Public Policy at the University of Southern Maine received a two-year grant of nearly $600,000 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for the SAFER project: Standardizing Admissions for Elderly Residents.  This grant program builds on the CAH Patient Safety Collaborative and is helping rural hospitals examine the safety issues and potential improvements in the process of transferring elderly patients from and between nursing facilities, emergency medical services, and critical access hospitals. For more information see the Maine CAH Patient Safety Collaborative website.