UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care Approved for Major Research Award

The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care, which aims to fill the unmet medical needs of adults with serious mental illnesses, has been approved for a research award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Center sought $1.7 million in funding under PCORI’s Improving Healthcare Systems research initiative. The program will test two ways to promote the health, wellness and recovery of adults with serious mental illness. One will help patients manage their care through a web-based portal and peer support and the other through interactions with nurses during clinic visits. Nearly 3,000 Medicaid-enrolled adults who are at risk for chronic medical conditions and receive care at rural community mental health centers will be targeted for participation.