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Depression, alcohol disorder focus of four-year CMS initiative

Depression and alcohol use disorder are common conditions in the Medicare population and are frequently under-identified. Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (QIN), which includes MetaStar of Wisconsin, has been awarded a four-year contract to work with primary care practice providers in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to increase the identification of Medicare beneficiaries with depression or alcohol use disorder in primary care settings.

Wisconsin practices will receive support from MetaStar. Nationally, an estimated 10,000 primary care practices recruited into this initiative will screen a majority of their Medicare caseload for depression and alcohol abuse, with a total of 1.5 million beneficiaries screened by 2019. For inpatient settings recruited into the initiative, the goal is to reduce the psychiatric readmission rate and increase the follow-up rate for behavioral health practitioners following discharge.

The new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative starts July 2015 and goes through July 2019.

MetaStar, MPRO of Michigan and Stratis Health of Minnesota have partnered as the Lake Superior QIN to support CMS priorities for health care quality improvement in each organization’s respective state. Together, these organizations collaborate to improve health care for Medicare beneficiaries by working with a broad range of providers, stakeholders and patients.

For more information, visit www.lsqin.org.

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