PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has launched a health care reform initiative officials say will offer an innovative approach to improving care and lowering costs.
The Healthy Rhode Island initiative is being funded with a $1.6 million "State Innovation Model" grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts announced the launch Tuesday.
Doctors, insurers, patients and others will attend work groups during the next six months to help develop a state health care innovation plan to improve the way care is delivered and paid for.
The state is hiring the Advisory Board Company to lead the initiative.
Rhode Island is one of 25 states getting the innovation model funds, made available through the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
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