Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes

Initiatives: Camden Citywide Diabetes Collaborative

The Camden Coalition is leading the effort to:

Establish and expand the role of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in New Jersey.  The Camden coalition was instrumental in persuading New Jersey policymakers to enact legislation in September 2011 that established a Medicaid ACO demonstration project. The ACO model is viewed by many as a mechanism to improve health care quality and lower the overall costs of medical care by providing incentives to coordinate care among providers throughout a region. The Camden site has since worked with the state of New Jersey to draft regulations to implement the new law and is in the process of seeking accreditation to become one of the first Medicaid ACOs in the nation.

Implement a citywide Health Information Exchange. The Camden Health Information Exchange (HIE) was launched in 2010 and is used by over 100 healthcare providers in Camden. The HIE’s web-based technology offers providers real-time access to important medical information for Camden patients. It also facilitates sharing of detailed clinical data among primary hospitals, physician practices, laboratory and radiology groups, along with regional hospitals and healthcare institutions. This allows providers to have important clinical information about their patients at their fingertips, which can reduce unnecessary duplication of services and improve care coordination.

Increase access to free or low-cost medication for diabetes patients most in need.  The New Jersey Medication Access Partnership (NJMAP) was launched in 2010 and has helped connect more than 500 patients to the medication they need, but cannot afford.  Each pharmaceutical company that sponsors free prescription assistance programs has unique eligibility requirements and application forms. For patients who are on several medications, this would call for multiple applications and ensuring that multiple sets of requirements are fulfilled. A program coordinator from the Camden Coalition works individually with patients to determine eligibility, gather all necessary documentation, and helps streamline the process into a single application so patients can obtain the needed medications at low or no cost. The coordinator also helps link patients to additional resources in the community.