Safety-Net Providers In Some US Communities Have Increasingly Embraced Coordinated Care Models

Authors, Primary Cunningham,Peter;Felland,Laurie;Stark,Lucy
Title Primary Safety-Net Providers In Some US Communities Have Increasingly Embraced Coordinated Care Models
Periodical Full Health affairs
Pub Year 2012
Volume 31
issue 8
Start Page 1698-1707
Abstract Safety-net organizations, which provide health services to uninsured and low-income people, increasingly are looking for ways to coordinate services among providers to improve access to and quality of care and to reduce costs. In this analysis, a part of the Community Tracking Study, we examined trends in safety-net coordination activities from 2000 to 2010 within twelve communities in the United States and found a notable increase in such activities. Six of the twelve communities had made formal efforts to link uninsured people to medical homes and coordinate care with specialists in 2010, compared to only two communities in 2000. We also identified key attributes of safety-net coordinated care systems, such as reliance on a medical home for meeting patients’ primary care needs, and lingering challenges to safety-net integration, such as competition among hospitals and community health centers for Medicaid patients.
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Topic Tag(s) Care Coordination;Disparities
Special Population(s) Medicaid Recipients
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