Affordable Care Act Helps Improve Access to High Quality, Coordinated Care
Today, HHS announced that 219 community health centers received another $128.6 million to help them expand their reach, supporting approximately 5,460 jobs and serve 1.25 million additional patients.
Today’s announcement is one in a series of efforts to make our community health centers stronger. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, community health centers around the country have received new resources to expand capacity and improve care for their patients.
At the Erie Family Health Center in Chicago, these new resources are helping staff better monitor patients’ care, follow up with patients and ensure they get the care they need that can stop health problems before they start. For example:
One of the health center’s patients is a 52 year old man with diabetes. At his last appointment, his diabetes numbers were clearly trending in the wrong direction. When he missed his follow-up appointment, the health center knew and was able to reach out to him because of its computer systems reminds the staff to contact patients who have missed appointments or who have lab results showing poorly controlled diabetes.