Three leading public health organizations have announced plans to partner in a project aimed at helping the nation's healthcare providers prepare for the 2014 expansion of Medicaid coverage (PDF) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
America's Essential Hospitals, the National Association of Community Health Centers and The George Washington University School of Public Health Services have joined in a three-year, $1.8 million collaboration funded by Kaiser Permanente to assess areas where hospitals, clinics and other health providers can partner to meet the challenges expected to arise as a result of millions of Americans becoming newly eligible for Medicaid.
“It's really significant that we're getting together now in a very formal way around people we care for,” said AEH President and CEO Bruce Siegel. “It will send a message that health centers and safety net hospitals are now working together.”
Siegel said the goal of the initiative was to lay the groundwork for the creation of a partnership model that healthcare providers throughout the country can view as a framework to building their own collaborations.
The partnership will identify five states or regions in greatest need of targeted assistance to create a stakeholder support network as a model for other areas. The project will assess safety net providers' preparedness for the expected influx of newly insured patients; provide evidence-based tools, reports and technical assistance to communities to help build capacity; and evaluate progress toward improvements in coverage, care coordination, and patient experience.