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RCHN CHF’s initiatives aim both to address the unique challenges that community health centers face today, and support the development of opportunities to sustain CHCs in the future.

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  • 04/04/2019 Community Health Centers Deliver

    In 2015 we launched our Population Health Initiative, collaborating with community health center organizations across the country to improve the health of the communities they serve. This endeavor is at the.. read more

  • 03/26/2019 Community Health Center Financing: The Role of Medicaid and Section 330 Grant Funding Explained

    Since their 1965 beginning as a small War on Poverty experiment, community health centers have matured into a principal part of the health system for thousands of medically underserved urban.. read more

  • 03/21/2019 58. Examining the Cost Effectiveness of Teaching Health Centers

    A new analysis estimates that the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program could yield up to $1.8 billion in public program savings over the course of five years, from 2019 to 2023. The THCGME program, which began in 2011 and is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), aims to increase the number of primary care residents training in community-based care sites like community health centers. Currently, 56 Teaching Health Centers (THCs) in 23 states train residents in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, ob-gyn and dentistry.  Current federal authorization and funding for the THCGME program expire on September 30, 2019. The President’s proposed FY2020 budget includes two years of additional funding for teaching health centers. This analysis shows how the THCGME program has the potential to significantly reduce Medicaid and Medicare costs – both during and after clinician training – while providing high quality primary care in medically underserved locations.

  • 03/07/2019 57. Community Health Centers and Medicaid Delivery and Payment Reform: A Closer Look at Massachusetts and New York

    A new analysis of Medicaid Delivery System Reform and Incentive Payment (DSRIP) demonstrations concludes that a strong working partnership between Medicaid and community health centers will prove central to successful reform. DSRIP programs, carried out under the demonstration authority of Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, enable states to test new approaches to health care delivery and payment aimed at improving health care quality and cost effectiveness. Ten states have ongoing DSRIP projects and each is unique; this study focuses on Massachusetts and New York, two national leaders in delivery and payment reform. While it is too early to fully evaluate these projects and their impact on health care cost, quality, and health outcomes, this study provides valuable insight for other states as well as for  national policymakers involved in the effort to attain deep and lasting health systems change.