UPDATE: FY 2020 State Budget Replaces ACOs with Regional Health Hubs
Trenton Health Team applauds New Jersey leaders for designating and funding Regional Health Hubs in the FY 2020 state budget, enabling partnerships across the state to expand and enhance health care.
Regional Health Hubs are replacing state Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations to better serve residents receiving healthcare coverage through Medicaid — those who often lack access to the resources needed to be, and stay, healthy. New Jersey’s regional partnerships — THT, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Healthy Greater Newark, Health Coalition of Passaic County — integrate, coordinate, and align disconnected programs to improve patient care and outcomes, ultimately making communities healthier.
THT Executive Director Gregory Paulson in March shared testimony with the state General Assembly Budget Committee urging policymakers to designate existing ACOs and regional partnerships as “Regional Health Hubs” and to maintain funding in FY 2020.
This regional health approach was informed by THT participation in the ReThink Health Ventures program supported by The Rippel Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Ventures helped THT re-examine how to improve health & well-being in Trenton–focusing on both healthcare AND “upstream” issues such as nutrition, housing & economic opportunity See the Trenton Health Team Case Study