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PEACH Expresses Great Concern about Impact of American Health Care Act

May 24, 2017 PEACH Media Statement on CBO Score of House-passed AHCA Bill

May 4, 2017 PEACH Media Statement on Impact of AHCA on California’s Most Vulnerable

California’s Community Safety Net Hospitals: Transforming Care and Improving the Health of California’s Most Vulnerable Communities

California’s community safety net hospitals are integral to California’s health care safety net, providing an average of 88 percent of their care to low-income and uninsured Californians. They are long-standing community partners, with a mission to improve the health of their communities, regardless of their patients’ ability to pay for their care.

Here are some of the ways California’s community safety net hospitals are transforming their care delivery systems to improve the health of their vulnerable communities: California’s Community Safety Net Hospitals-Transforming Care & Community Health.

Community Safety Net Hospital Care Innovations Are Critical to Successful Affordable Care Act Implementation

PEACH is pleased to share A Path to Successful Affordable Care Act Implementation in California: Community Safety Net Hospitals Setting the Pace for Care Delivery Transformation, featuring innovations that community safety net hospitals are implementing to deliver higher quality, more integrated and cost-effective care to their communities, as well as some of the challenges community safety net hospitals face during ACA implementation.

The state, in partnership with numerous health care providers and stakeholders, has made exciting strides in the initial phase of ACA implementation, enrolling more than 1.9 million new Medi-Cal enrollees and 1.4 million enrollees in Covered California insurance plans during the first open enrollment period. However, there is much more work to be done to expand coverage to millions more uninsured Californians and to ensure that newly insured Medi-Cal beneficiaries have timely access to more coordinated and cost-effective care from their providers of choice.

As core safety net providers at this unprecedented time of health care expansion and delivery and payment reforms, community safety net hospitals and their provider partners will continue to be essential to California’s health care safety net, helping provide care to millions of new Medi-Cal beneficiaries, serving as Essential Community Providers in Covered California’s plan products, and continuing to serve millions of remaining uninsured Californians.

Community Safety Net Hospital Innovations: Achieving Better Health Outcomes through Patient-Centered Care

California’s private community safety net hospitals are transforming their care delivery systems to provide higher quality, more cost-effective and patient-centered care for the primarily low-income communities they serve. As core safety net providers, community safety net hospitals will continue to serve large numbers of low-income patients as well as a significant portion of the 3-4 million remaining uninsured Californians who are not eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Fresno Community Regional Medical Center and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center are two such community safety net hospitals implementing innovative, patient-centered health homes that are improving the health and quality of life of their communities.

Read the case studies below to learn more about these innovative programs:

Fresno Community Regional Medical Center: Community Connections Case Study

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center: Primary Stroke Center Case Study

New South L.A. Program Seeks to Ensure Smooth Transition between Hospital and Primary Care

The Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers, comprised of eight federally qualified health centers in South Los Angeles, is launching a “care transition” program to help patients in the region more effectively navigate between hospital-based care and primary care services after the patients are discharged.

As part of this effort, starting in July 2013, two care coordinators will be placed at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, one of the region’s community safety net hospitals, and will work with patients before discharge to establish primary care appointments and ensure that the primary care provider has the relevant patient information. If the program is successful, it may be expanded to other safety net hospitals in the region as well.

For more information, click here for Southern California Public Radio’s coverage of the care transition program

PEACH Applauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act

Urges Congress to Reverse $155 Billion in ACA Safety Net Hospital Cuts that Would Undermine California’s Coverage Expansion Efforts

June 28, 2012 News Release