Organizations Win $4M in Grants for Medical Home Development
Several organizations across California have been awarded $4.1 million in grants for work on developing community clinic-based medical homes, Payers & Providers reports.
The grants were provided by the Health Home Innovation Fund, which is managed by the Community Clinics Initiative. The Community Clinics Initiative was established by the California Endowment and Tides,Â two philanthropy organizations.
About the Grants
Jane Stafford, managing director of the Community Clinics Initiative, said that grant applicantsÂ aimedÂ to set up alliances with hospitals, health plans and even food banks.
The goal of the funding is to create medical homes by July 2013 for people who visit community clinics often, including low-income individuals or those who lack employer-sponsored health insurance.
Stafford said the Community Clinics Initiative also was seeking payment adjustments for medical home employees, particularly the promotion of funding for so-called patient navigators who assist patients with tasks such as transportation to appointments.
Grant recipientsÂ include the:
- Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics;
- Community Clinics Health Network;
- Health Alliance of Northern California;
- Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz;
- Health Plan of San Joaquin;
- Inland Empire Health Plan;
- Los Angeles County Education Foundation;
- North Coast Clinics Network;
- Redwood Partnership Health Plan/Redwood Community Health Coalition; and
- San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium.
Stafford said the grant proposals will be refined until the initiative's official launch in November (Payers & Providers, 9/15).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.