Community health centers are in a tricky position. They are poised to benefit from the innovative data aggregation and analytics platforms available in today’s healthcare marketplace, but don’t have resources available to implement these solutions.
At the same time, they must also oversee complex operations, drive cash flows, submit monthly reports to ensure continued federal funding, and adapt to Medicaid and performance reporting changes, as the healthcare industry transitions to value-based care.
The answer: recognize the breadth of what these solutions offer, the prospects for transformational cost savings and performance, and the need to think outside the box to secure these technologies. For starters, these platforms have functionality that includes the ability to:
· Access care coordination tools that drive operational efficiency
· Implement care through work lists and dashboards for preventive care services
· Seamlessly integrate all EMR data on a single, centralized platform
· Customize workflow to accommodate local and location-specific needs
· Identify the most favorable quality measures at the patient, provider, location and FQHC levels
As for thinking outside the box, some possibilities may include collaborating with other like-minded community health centers or state primary care associations; pulling together the resources of multiple organizations; or perhaps leveraging existing partnerships and vendor relationships.
There is no easy way to go it alone, but community health centers that are willing to team up with other organizations are likely to discover creative ways to secure pop health solutions and unlock the potential of value-based care.
HealthEC understands the unique challenges that community health centers face and is committed to helping them transition to population health management and value-based care. In fact, we have extensive partnership experience with the District of Columbia Primary Care Association and New York-based Community Health IPA, two health organizations comprised of separate networks of FQHCs that have explored new arrangements with their Managed Care Organizations.
If you’re attending the August 18-20 National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) 2019 Community Health Institute & EXPO in Chicago, we’d love to talk more about our population health and value-based care solutions and how we can help your organization leverage our platform. Stop by our booth or contact us to set up a demo!