Grant: $1,300,000 - Health Resources and Services Administration - Feb. 26, 2009
0% voted satisfied - 100% voted not satisfied - 1 vote(s) cast
Award Description: The Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Community Health Center (CHC) New Access Point (NAP) application was approved as part of the ARRA in the final days of February of 2009. Since that time our efforts have been predominantly focused on the corporate structure changes required for our program to be fully operational and federal section 330(e) compliant. Effective June 1, 2009 SMCS assumed ownership and operation of the primary medical care network previously operated by its subsidiary corporation, Springfield Hospital. Although the practices were in effect ?turn key? operations (fully staffed, premises occupied and seeing patients), prior to June 1, SMCS saw its first patients operating as a Community Health Center network on June 1, 2009. As a CHC SMCS is expected to preserve and expand access to primary medical, dental and mental health services and supporting and enabling services to a medically underserved area with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of the low-income (including Medicaid recipients) and uninsured residents of its service area. SMCS plans to serve approximately 27,700 users by the end of the second year of its ARRA funding and an estimated 40% of those individuals will be low-income and/or uninsured. While the SMCS sites have been busy caring for patients, we have been equally busy behind the scenes with the infrastructure aspects of implementing our new program. Activities include the required applications and approvals to begin billing as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), modifying our accounting and business reporting systems for 330(e) reporting and more importantly, launching a media campaign to inform the residents of our service area regarding our new designation and the benefits it provides for the communities we serve. In all of our communications with the community we emphasize that our activities are supported by ARRA funding. Given that our employees are perhaps the most effective means of communicating with our patients, we also held mandatory employee forums regarding CHC and programmatic expectations. The forums were then followed up by a ?pep rally? with representation from each location in order to further inform our staff and providers and to energize them regarding the ?health center movement.? Due to the impact of the economy on our service area we have recently initiated a toll free access line for people to call if they are in need of being seen by a primary care physician or require other medical services. We make an appointment for the individual with one of our primary care providers and establish a ?medical home? relationship. If the individual is uninsured we make an appointment for them with our facilitated enrollment staff to provide assistance with Medicaid, food stamps, home heating assistance applications or to qualify for our income- based sliding-fee, discount program. As the recipient of a NAP award, SMCS is instructed to report all health center users as ?new? users and all staff as ?new? staff as they are new to the CHC program as a result of ARRA funding. Therefore, from the point of ARRA funding through September 30, 2009 we report: ? 14,333 total ?new? patients, unduplicated ? 1,433 of the ?new? patients were uninsured ? 103.46 ?new? Full Time Equivalent Employees ? 14,333 of our patients received 21,424 visits FTEs Physicians 19.17 Nurse practitioners 3.10 Physician Assistants 2.80 Social Workers 0.40 Nurses 18.32 Medical Assistants 10.10 Diagnostic Imaging 2.47 Management & Support 32.11 Fiscal and Billing 11.76 Information Technology 1.63 Facilities/Maintenance 1.60 103.46
Project Description: As a CHC, SMCS is expected to preserve and expand access to primary medical, dental and mental health services and supporting and enabling services to a medically underserved area with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of the low-income (including Medicaid recipients) and uninsured residents of its service area. SMCS plans to serve approximately 27,700 users by the end of the second year of its ARRA funding and an estimated 40% of those individuals will be low-income and/or uninsured.
Jobs Summary: Since SMCS is a New Start Grantee, all the jobs are considered newly created. (Total jobs reported: 103)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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