Thursday, September 19, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace Resource Roundup


We’re getting down to the wire: in less than two weeks the Health Insurance Marketplaces open, and enrollment will open in October for health coverage that begins January 1, 2014.  Earlier this week, President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a phone call for all community organizations that are focused on outreach and enrollment, including health centers.  On that call, Secretary Sebelius said that we are “on the edge of history,” approaching the “moment that provided health security to millions of Americans.” 
 
Below are some key links for the final push to help educate the uninsured on their options for gaining insurance:
 
Enroll America is an organization created to “maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.”  Its website is a well-organized clearinghouse of current information for those focused on outreach and enrollment, and includes tips for outreach planning, talking with patients about their options, and up-to-date information in webinar, report and blog form: http://www.enrollamerica.org/ 

 Consumer information about the Health Insurance Marketplace is available here: https://www.healthcare.gov/

Employer and provider information about the health insurance marketplaces, navigator training, and many factsheets for providers, employers and small businesses is available at this link: http://marketplace.cms.gov/    
 
Navigator training requirements for state and federal Marketplaces available from HRSA here:  http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/outreachandenrollment/
 
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has many other helpful links related to outreach and enrollment here: http://www.nachc.com/Info%20on%20Outreach%20and%20Enrollment.cfm

At NACHC’s August Community Health Institute, Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator for Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration,  suggested that health centers consider hiring veterans as their outreach and enrollment staff.  As of September 2013 there are an estimated 22 million veterans across the country.  Data on the veteran population by county as well as by congressional district is available at the Department of Veteran Affairs website: http://www.va.gov/vetdata/veteran_population.asp. To conduct outreach to veterans start with Veterans Service Organizations, a directory of which is at this link: http://www.va.gov/vso/.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Report Examines the Organizational Factors Impacting the Financial Performance of California Clinics



Capital Link announces the release of a comprehensive report sponsored by Blue Shield of California Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation. The study was conducted to better understand the financial health of the California clinic safety net and factors that may positively influence the development of high performing health clinics. The research also developed a framework for grouping clinics by similar operational characteristics to enable benchmarking and sharing of best practices.

Community clinics, which serve California’s underserved, have been consistently growing in terms of patient utilization, revenue, and number of sites operated per clinic. Many clinics continue to struggle financially despite the growth. The report, which provides a profile of clinics’ financial health between 2008 and 2011, concluded that several factors were important determinants of a clinic's financial and operational performance.

Click here for our infographic, which contains selected highlights of the study.

Click here to download the complete report from Capital Link's website.

Click here to download an issue brief from Blue Shield of California Foundation.
 


 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Keeping the Community and its Economy Healthy


The nation's network of over 1,200 Community Health Centers offers a successful model for health care delivery that result in both improved patient access and significant local economic returns. In a new article by Capital Link in Communities & Banking magazine and an infographic available here, we report that health centers have collectively generated more than $23.4 billion in total economic activity for their local communities—an increase of 17.5 percent since 2009.

The analysis shows that health center growth benefits communities in multiple ways. Not only are health centers expanding access to care, they are stimulating the economy of their neighborhoods by building or renovating facilities in underserved areas, often with the benefit of adding employees.  Economic benefits result from the capital investment itself, from the growth of the health center’s operations and by attracting other development projects like pharmacies, banking facilities and retail upgrades. Health centers also purchase goods and services from local businesses, creating a ripple effect of additional economic stimulus throughout the broader community. Several New England health centers, profiled in the article, are excellent examples of how health centers offer quality care and stimulate the economy.