RENO, NEVADA - REMSA (Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority) is one of only 107 organizations in the United States to be awarded a Health Care Innovation Award from the federal government.
REMSA's project has been funded with almost $9.9 million from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); REMSA estimates that the program will save $10.5 million in healthcare costs in the region over three years.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services will administer the award.
The non-profit REMSA is receiving the award to create a new program that could truly revolutionize how medical care is provided outside of the hospital nationwide.
REMSA, in partnership with Renown Medical Home, Renown Regional Medical Center, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, the University of Nevada-Reno School of Community Health Sciences, the Washoe County Health District, and the State of Nevada Office of Emergency Medical Services, is receiving the award to create a new program that specifically responds to lower acuity and chronic disease conditions in urban, suburban, and rural areas of Washoe County.
The program is designed to improve patients' healthcare experience while reducing unnecessary ambulance responses, and hospital admissions and readmissions. A central component to the program is the creation of a new non-emergency phone number, to provide an alternative care pathway for patients that need medical advice and care. Over the three-year period, the program will create an estimated 22 new jobs.
The awards from the HHS Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center support innovative projects nationwide designed to deliver the best care for the whole population at the least cost. The agency received more than 3,000 applications and provided about $900 million to fund the selected projects.