The Mesa Fire and Medical Department has received a $12.5 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for expansion of its Community Care Response units, formerly known as the Transition Response Vehicle program, according to a press release.
“We are excited to receive such an amazing endorsement of the TRV program,” Mesa Mayor Alex Finter said in the July 9 press release. “The CMS grant will allow us to expand services to the entire community, especially our senior population. This is another example of Mesa’s commitment to developing innovative ways to better serve our residents.”
The grant, awarded as part of the CMS Innovation Center’s Healthcare Innovation Awards, is given to agencies to improve health care services, according to the release. A link to a description of the grant by the CMMS is here.
The expanded Community Care program will operate 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The program aims to reduce high risk patients from returning to the hospital while treating and referring low risk patients to avoid using the 911 system and the emergency department, according to the release.
“The grant is proof that Mesa Fire and Medical is on the cutting edge of service and meets the challenge by CMS to develop programs, like TRV, that focus on health care savings, improved efficiencies and positive patient centered outcomes,” Dennis Kavanaugh, District 3 councilman and Public Safety Committee chairman, said in the release.
High-risk patients will receive follow-up evaluations after discharge to reduce the incidence of readmission. Disease preventative services will be provided including immunizations, falls prevention, home safety inspection and the safe use of prescribed medications, according to the release.
“We are extremely pleased with receiving this grant as it will give us the opportunity to enhance our services while continuing our collaborative efforts with all of our partners,” Fire Chief Harry Beck said in the release. “The most important part of this program is how it will enrich our service delivery to our citizens and our community.”
Mesa is among 39 recipients in 27 states and the District of Columbia receiving funding from the Healthcare Innovation Awards program for programs designed to deliver better health care and lower costs.
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