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Specialty care in the safety net: efforts to expand timely access

Contributor(s):
Canin, Lisa.
Wunsch, Bobbie.
California HealthCare Foundation.
Kaiser Permanente.
Publication:
Oakland, Calif. : California HealthCare Foundation, c2009
Language(s):
English
Format:
Text
Subject(s):
Community Health Centers
Health Services Accessibility
Health Services Needs and Demand
Medicine
Specialization
Communication
Computer Communication Networks
Health Surveys
Hospitals, Public
Managed Care Programs
Medically Uninsured
Poverty
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Referral and Consultation
Telemedicine
Time Factors
Humans
California
Genre(s):
Technical Report
Abstract:
Timely access to specialty care is a significant and growing challenge for low-income Californians who depend on safety-net institutions--public hospitals and community clinics and health centers--for their healthcare. To better understand the size and causes of the problem, as well as to encourage effective solutions, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern California Regions' Community Benefit Programs partnered with the California Association of Public Hospitals (CAPH) and the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) in 2006 to examine specialty care access for uninsured and Medi-Cal populations. Project activities included a statewide survey of safety-net providers, discussion papers, roundtable forums, and technical assistance teleconferences. Then, in 2007 Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit and the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) came together to fund 28 planning grants and 23 implementation grants to regional provider coalitions across California to identify local barriers to care and develop strategies to improve access. Implementation projects began in early 2009. The work has focused on three areas: the demographics of specialty care for California's underserved; the size and scope of access problems; and the cultivation of innovative strategies to improve access and manage demand. The purpose of this report is to share findings from these activities with a broad audience.
Copyright:
Reproduced with permission of the copyright holder. Further use of the material is subject to CC BY license. (More information)
Illustrations:
Illustrations
NLM Unique ID:
101514287 (See catalog record)
Contributor(s):
Canin, Lisa.
Wunsch, Bobbie.
California HealthCare Foundation.
Kaiser Permanente.
Publication:
Oakland, Calif. : California HealthCare Foundation, c2009
Language(s):
English
Format:
Text
Subject(s):
Community Health Centers
Health Services Accessibility
Health Services Needs and Demand
Medicine
Specialization
Communication
Computer Communication Networks
Health Surveys
Hospitals, Public
Managed Care Programs
Medically Uninsured
Poverty
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Referral and Consultation
Telemedicine
Time Factors
Humans
California
Genre(s):
Technical Report
Abstract:
Timely access to specialty care is a significant and growing challenge for low-income Californians who depend on safety-net institutions--public hospitals and community clinics and health centers--for their healthcare. To better understand the size and causes of the problem, as well as to encourage effective solutions, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern California Regions' Community Benefit Programs partnered with the California Association of Public Hospitals (CAPH) and the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) in 2006 to examine specialty care access for uninsured and Medi-Cal populations. Project activities included a statewide survey of safety-net providers, discussion papers, roundtable forums, and technical assistance teleconferences. Then, in 2007 Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit and the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) came together to fund 28 planning grants and 23 implementation grants to regional provider coalitions across California to identify local barriers to care and develop strategies to improve access. Implementation projects began in early 2009. The work has focused on three areas: the demographics of specialty care for California's underserved; the size and scope of access problems; and the cultivation of innovative strategies to improve access and manage demand. The purpose of this report is to share findings from these activities with a broad audience.
Copyright:
Reproduced with permission of the copyright holder. Further use of the material is subject to CC BY license. (More information)
Illustrations:
Illustrations
NLM Unique ID:
101514287 (See catalog record)