ACCESS Plus, Pennsylvania’s enhanced primary care case management program that is run in partnership with McKesson Corp’s McKesson Health Solutions, has been named one of the Top 50 Programs of the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

Serving approximately 169,000 children and 95,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in the Commonwealth’s 42 rural counties, ACCESS Plus uniquely integrates an enhanced primary care practitioner network with disease management and helps participants better manage chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart problems and asthma.

ACCESS Plus was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants, which represent the best in government innovation from local, county, city, tribal, state and federal levels, according to the institute.

Finalists for the award will be announced on June 3.