CEO Blog – May 2017

Health care policy is serious business.  People’s lives literally hang in the balance.   We understand that these decisions are difficult and that there are opinions on both sides that must be considered.  We trust that both sides seek the same result – a fair, affordable, high quality, and accessible healthcare system – but that the path to achieve this goal differs greatly.

As healthcare providers, we feel obligated to share our experience and to raise concerns with the public and with lawmakers to address potential shortfalls in legislation.  For example, we are concerned that the bill passed by the House of Representatives on May 4th could negatively impact the low-income and underserved patients and communities served every day by Sacramento’s community health centers, including Cares Community Health.  The rollback of Medicaid included in this bill would impact coverage for an estimated 2.6 million health center patients in California over the next several years. Longer-term, the bill’s cap on the federal share of Medicaid coverage would mean reducing benefits such as substance abuse treatment and mental health benefits for people with severe mental illness.

A major concern for many is the uncertainty for coverage of pre-existing conditions.  The MacArthur Amendment allows states to apply for waivers of some of the private-market ACA regulations. The amendment weakens protections for people with preexisting health conditions – the people who need health care the most.

The debate now moves to the United States Senate.  We urge Senators to focus on a clear goal: to improve our country’s health care system so that care is fair, affordable, and accessible to every patient in this who needs it.

Make your voice heard.  It is important that our legislators in Washington, DC know what you want.

Christy Ward
CEO

Cares Community Health
Is Your Medical Home

Cares Community Health has been recognized as a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The patient-centered medical home—one of modern health care’s most important innovations—is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what you want it to be.”

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition is the most widely-adopted model for transforming primary care practices into medical homes. Medical Homes provide primary health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person. Partnering with patients and their families requires understanding and respecting each patient’s unique needs, culture, values, and preferences. The medical home practice actively supports patients in learning to manage and organize their own care at the level the patient chooses. Recognizing that patients and families are core members of the care team, medical home practices ensure that they are fully informed partners in establishing care plans.

Cares Community Health was also recognized as an Advocacy Center of Excellence – Silver Level by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  This is given to any Health Center that has achieved certain measures of advocacy success and demonstrated ongoing commitment to advocacy by making it an organizational priority.

 

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