AHA task force's strategies for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA Nov. 29 released a report, “Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,” that offers hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities.

Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Redefining the H, access

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

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In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

Memorial Hermann's dental care on wheels gives brighter smiles to underserved kids

AHA News

The number one childhood disease isn’t leukemia or allergies or even asthma. It’s dental disease, according to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

It is preventable, but, of course, only if the child sees a dentist. More kids are in Houston because of a partnership between Memorial Hermann... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

South Dallas center hailed as new model of care for fighting diabetes

AHA News

Diabetes has long been health care enemy number one in the South Dallas neighborhood of Frazier, where 60% of residents are unemployed and 33% live below the poverty level. State health statistics reported in 2010 that Frazier residents were nearly three times more likely to die of diabetes than anywhere... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, care coordination

House calls for better care, lower cost

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Peter Boling, M.D., learned 32 years ago that the doctor’s office or hospital isn’t always the best place to treat elderly patients – not when they suffer from chronic illnesses or infirmities that make it a struggle getting out.

In 1984, Boling started doing house calls as part of Virginia Commonwealth... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, chronic conditions

Always There, Ready to Care

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How many facilities in your community are ready to serve you every hour of every day of every week – especially in times of emergency? How many are willing and able to take care of anyone who walks in the door? Your first thought, correctly, might be your local police or fire department. But America’s... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: socioeconomic status, Emergency Preparedness, Coverage, Redefining the H, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

America's Hospitals: Always There, 24/7

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The role of hospitals is unique: always there, for all patients, ready to care, from the routine to the catastrophic. But the new report “Always There, Ready to Care,” shows how rising demand, constrained capacity and the erosion of financing to meet community needs are putting this role at risk.

At the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Coverage, Redefining the H, advocacy, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

Building the Future Together

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What does it mean to be a hospital in a rapidly transforming health care environment?  As hospitals move from fee-for-service to value-based payment models, they increasingly are focusing on improving quality, providing better coordinated care and working to achieve good health in the communities they... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Coverage, Redefining the H, access

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