Join, Follow & Connect
Join Modern Healthcare's LinkedIn group Follow Modern Healthcare on Twitter Join Modern Healthcare's Facebook group Follow Modern Healthcare's Pinterest board Modern Healthcare's Flickr page Modern Healthcare's YouTube Channel Get a Modern Healthcare news feed

 
Comment Buy Reprints Print Article Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email this page to a colleague
Healthcare Business News
 

Hospital ties bolster community clinics: report


By Joe Carlson
Posted: May 27, 2010 - 2:30 pm ET
Tags:

Community-based health clinics that have formal partnerships with hospitals are more likely to get off-site diagnostic tests and follow-up care for their patients than clinics that are not linked to hospitals, a new study has found.

Advertisement | View Media Kit

 

According to a Commonwealth Fund report titled “Enhancing the Capacity of Community Health Centers to Achieve High Performance,” the nation’s community-based Federally Qualified Health Centers can coordinate better care for their patients if they have formal links to hospitals in their areas, among other recommendations to improve care at the clinics.

The report says that more than 1,000 health centers operate more than 6,000 community-based healthcare sites, which provide primary care to medically underserved populations regardless of ability to pay. Most of the 20 million patients seen in Federally Qualified Health Centers in 2010 will be low-income residents, ethnic minorities, uninsured or relying on public insurance, the report says.

The Commonwealth Fund survey of 795 of the centers found that while many clinics provide timely access to care on-site, their patients often have difficulty receiving more specialized care and information if the referring clinic lacked a partnership with a hospital, which was true regardless of the insurance status of the patient being referred.

Search ModernHealthcare.com:


 

Switch to the new Modern Healthcare Daily News app

For the best experience of ModernHealthcare.com on your iPad, switch to the new Modern Healthcare app — it's optimized for your device but there is no need to download.