The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health reform legislation created several new types of provider arrangements that many hospitals and physician groups are evaluating. These organizational structures are intended to enhance the ability of hospitals, physicians and other types of providers to work together to enhance quality and reduce costs.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Healthcare is one of the paramount concerns of our times. Providing all Americans with access to quality healthcare is one of the most complicated social policy issues faced by our nation. The unfortunate truth is not all Americans have access to basic care. In the United States, the divide is not just between rich and poor or the insured and uninsured. It is also about where you live –- in an urban or rural area. No place on earth exemplifies this fact more starkly than the poverty stricken areas of the Mississippi Delta. Vision Project’s documentary follows the doctors, nurses, community organizers and patients who are part of an innovative and well-planned healthcare network. Instead of focusing on the difficulty of the situation, they have chosen to focus on a solution.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The roadmap can help states: (1) understand critical parameters of the increase; (2) identify the operational steps to prepare for and implement the increase and apply for the federal match; and (3) identify potential levers to enhance primary care access and quality. The roadmap is a product of Increasing Primary Care Rates, Maximizing Medicaid Access and Quality, a CHCS initiative made possible through The Commonwealth Fund. CHCS is working with Medicaid stakeholders, including the Medicaid agencies, health plans, physician organizations, and health policy experts, to maximize the long-term impact of the primary care rate increase on health care quality and access.
From the USDA ERS, this report outlines the barrier to healthcare access for farm & rural populations