CEO Blog – January 2017

As the new administration takes over this month, there is concern about potential changes that may be made in the Affordable Care Act and in funding for community health centers.  We share that concern and are watching this critical issue very closely.

In the past, health centers have had bipartisan support because of their value and their impact which is shown in the following:

  • Access: Health Centers are the health care home for more than 25 million patients
  • Cost-Savings: Health centers save, on average, $2,371 (or 24 percent) per Medicaid patient when compared to other providers
  • Integrated Care: Health centers bring together medical, oral health, mental health, substance abuse and other critical services under one roof
  • Economic Impact: Health Centers employ more than 180,000 individuals, and generate over $26 billion annually in economic impact to some of the nation’s most distressed communities.

While we believe that the value of health centers is understood by both political parties, it is possible that health center funding will get caught up in other more divisive discussions about the Affordable Care Act.  Because of this uncertainty, many people have asked what they can do to support community health centers.

Here is what we recommend:

  • Make a personal commitment to stay informed and make your voice heard to your elected representatives.
  • Sign up for our monthly newsletter on the bottom of this page to receive updates on health center issues.
  • Like us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to get immediate calls to action.
  • Tell your story about the ACA or your health center experience to your member of Congress.

We are all in this together.  And together we can make a difference.

Christy Ward
CEO

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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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