Blueprint for Health is a statewide, public-private initiative authorized by the Vermont legislature that provides physician practices with access to insurer-funded community health teams and financial incentives, preventive health expertise, and real-time electronic information designed to improve the provision of preventive, health maintenance, and chronic care services. The program’s overall goal is to give practices the motivation, support, and infrastructure needed to deliver coordinated, high-quality care within the current work environment. Initially, the Blueprint model was pilot tested in three areas and now serves more than half the state’s residents in 14 communities. Early trends in the pilot communities suggest that the program has reduced utilization and growth in health care spending and improved the provision of appropriate care and services.
- Evidence Rating (What is this?)
- Moderate: The evidence consists primarily of comparisons of cumulative trends in utilization and spending on various health services over a 4-year period between patients in two pilot communities and a matched control group of patients in nonparticipating nearby communities. Other evidence includes findings from focus groups conducted after implementation with providers in participating practices.
- Developing Organizations
Department of Vermont Health Access - The Department of Vermont Health Access operates the program. State law requires insurers to fund the financial incentives and community health teams.
- Date First Implemented
The first community (St. Johnsbury Health service area) began testing the program on July 1, 2008, with a second community (Burlington Health service area) launching the program on October 1, 2008 and a third (Barre Health service area) doing so in January 2010. These communities (along with three others) had previously participated in a pilot test of a less comprehensive model focused on diabetes care that began in 2006.
- Patient Population
The program covers all patients of participating practices, regardless of payer.
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