The complexity of health care creates specialized islands of activity, each focusing on one of health care’s many moving parts. While it is necessary and desirable to have pockets of expertise in areas as diverse as health care data, clinical practice, payment mechanisms, and community health, it can too often keep different groups narrowly focused on their own part of the system. This is a particular challenge to reforming how care is delivered and paid for.
As a health foundation, MeHAF works with organizations across this range of specialized expertise and services. We see the connections, and we know there is power in bringing these diverse organizations together to solve the problems.
MeHAF’s payment reform grantees spanned the landscape of Maine organizations delving into how to deliver – and pay for – health care in different and better ways. As they regularly gathered to share their experiences and learn from one another, they became mutual strategists and problem solvers around the big issues that crossed organizational lines.
We interviewed the MeHAF payment reform grantees in late 2014 to gather their perspectives on their work. They shared their thoughts about the important role that MeHAF, as a funder, can play by going beyond simply making grants to be a partner that helps to facilitate identification and development of solutions to common challenges.
To see more about what grantees said, including some video clips of our interviews, go to the full blog post, “Using Grantee Convenings to Solve Common Problems,” in the Tools and Materials section.
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