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A study published in the January-March Issue of The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management finds that patients who receive a majority of their ambulatory care at Community Health Centers have significantly lower health care costs than other patients. The study by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative assessed the potential cost savings associated with health centers based on econometric analyses of the 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.
Highlights of the study’s findings include:
“CHCs can provide good-quality primary care that low-income patients in medically underserved areas might not otherwise obtain, helping to reduce the demand for subsequent specialty and emergency and inpatient medical care. Not only does this demonstrate the utility of CHCs, but it also provides further support of the utility of improved primary care as a cost-saving approach to health care delivery.”
An abstract of the report can be found by visiting this link (the full text must be purchased). You can also read more studies about the cost-effectiveness of health centers by visiting this link on the NACHC research page.
FY2012 Omnibus Appropriations Act Allows for Expansion of Community Health Centers to Meet Pressing Need Around the Country
This was released on 12/16........
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The FY2012 Omnibus Appropriations Act released last night funds the Health Centers program at a total programmatic level of $2.78 billion. This legislation, were it to become law, provides funding to maintain current levels of federal grant support and all existing operations at Health Centers, and will also extend access to care to nearly 1.5 million additional people in need of care. An estimated 60 million Americans -- many of whom have health insurance -- do not have access to primary medical care because of a shortage of providers in their communities.
Importantly, this legislation allows the full Community Health Center Fund increase to be used to support expansion of the Health Centers program, consistent with the original intent of the Fund. This legislation would allow HHS to fund applications from among the more than 1,800 pending at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for new and expanded health centers.
"At a time when health centers are seeing ever increasing demand for their services in rural and urban communities across the country, we are grateful that Congress has responded with this bipartisan bill which begins to address that need," said Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers. “Health centers stand ready to serve even more patients who need access to their care and appreciate the bipartisan efforts of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and in particular the Labor-HHS Subcommittee leaders for their efforts to support health centers in this legislation.”
This year, bipartisan Health Centers program funding letters were led by Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and John Boozman (AR) and by Representatives Gus Bilirakis (FL) and Frank Pallone (NJ).
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