Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Report: Health Centers Save Massachusetts More Than $1 Billion Annually

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers today released an economic impact analysis which shows that the Commonwealth’s 49 health centers generate annual savings of more than $1 billon for Massachusetts.

“This report demonstrates that health centers provide significant value far beyond just the communities in which they are located,” said James W. Hunt, Jr., president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, a statewide association representing and serving the needs of community health centers, which provide primary and preventive care to some 889,000 predominately low-income Massachusetts residents. “For the first time, we are able to quantify the critical role health centers play in the economic health of Massachusetts. At a time when state leaders are looking for savings and wise investments, community health centers can demonstrate that they are powerful economic drivers.”    

The analysis, conducted by Capital Link -- a national non-profit organization that works with health centers to plan capital projects, finance growth and identify ways to improve performance -- primarily relied on the federal government’s Uniform Data System (UDS), a core set of data used to review the operation and performance of health centers, including information on their costs, revenues and patient utilization rates.

“Nationally, patients who depend on health centers have significantly lower expenditures per person per year than do non-health center users,” said Allison Coleman, Capital Link’s founder and CEO. “In Massachusetts, the $1.1 billion in savings is directly linked to the impact health centers have in reducing emergency room visits, hospital stays and the need for higher-cost specialty care among patients. Locally accessible, high quality health care makes a real difference.”

Access the entire press release here: