September is National Preparedness Month: What Can Health Care Organizations Do about It?

From natural disasters to man-made, planning is critical for hospitals to health care centers. Read more from Amy Cullum, Senior Consultant in the JSI, US Division, as she looks at the questions every healthcare organization should ask themselves before any emergency.

The Time is Right for Community Health Centers to Embrace Value-Based Payment Models

JSI Director Rachel Tobey, Jay Bhatia, and Michael Hochman, MD, MPH, discuss their recent JAMA article on implementing value-based payment models to support community health centers so that they can continue to serve a vital role in their communities.

Managing Health-related Social Needs: The Prevention Imperative in an Accountable Health System

Improving health and reducing the cost of health care will remain central to the future of healthcare delivery in the U.S. In order to get there, healthcare and human services systems should prioritize early identification and mitigation of health-related social needs, carried out by a workforce that is equipped to do so successfully.

Billing Third-Party Payers. Why Start Now?

Implementing or expanding third-party billing is a way for publicly-funded STD clinics to diversify revenue streams, ensure access to care, and potentially expand services to populations who need them the most. JSI’s Jennifer Kawatu and Andee Krasner offer tips and tools to help clinics navigate third-party billing.

Better Public Health Planning through Better Data: Rhode Island’s Statewide Health Inventory

JSI’s August Oddleifson and Steve Meerman offer key findings from the Rhode Island Department of Health’s 2015 Statewide Health Inventory.

Creating the tool is not enough: Implementing and evaluating the Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions

High rates of avoidable Medicaid readmissions are a particular problem in safety net hospitals, which serve our nation’s most vulnerable, low-income populations. Hospital readmissions are frequent, costly, and can indicate poor quality of care. To date, most policies and best practice research have focused on reducing readmissions among the Medicare population, but recent studies indicate … Continue reading “Creating the tool is not enough: Implementing and evaluating the Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions”

Now is a good time for safety net organizations and state health departments to review shortage/underservice designation status

As health reform rolls out and Medicaid is expanded, there is going to be a lot of interest in the various federal programs related to Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status and workforce development. Individual organizations and providers who want access to additional federal resources – for example those that are thinking about a transition to FQHC status, becoming a Look-Alike, or applying to the National Health Service Corps for providers – might want to reevaluate their designation status.

JSI Works with Community Health Centers through Transformation

Community Health Centers (CHCs) are facing a time of transition. Along with the Affordable Care Act’s opportunities for safety net users come challenges for the organizations that address the needs of the underserved and uninsured. While expansion of Medicaid potentially brings new clients, expanded insurance opportunities mean clients will have a choice of where to access health care and CHCs will have to focus on retaining as well as expanding their client base.