- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced seven health care innovation grants totaling more than $2.6 million.

The grants - administered by the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project - have three aims: A shift away from fee-for-service to outcomes-based payments in health care; better coordination and management among health services; and improvements to electronic medical records.

The largest grant, $900,000, goes to the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care to improve the quality of surgical care in Vermont and reduce complications from surgery.

A grant of $500,000 goes to providers in Central Vermont to expand substance use screening, intervention and treatment protocols.

A program to improve the health of Franklin County residents and a Southwestern Medical Center program to help patients improve self-management of chronic conditions will get $400,000 each.

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