FQHC, ACA, and PCMH
What is an FQHC? How will the Affordable Care Act affect me and my family?
Why is ISHC calling itself a Patient Centered Medical Home? Learn about Each:
Federally Qualified Health Center
ISHC receives grant funding to be able to provide care for our patients despite the ability to pay. The sliding fee scale is available to all patients that fill out a household assessment
and are determined eligible based on patient's household size and income.
The patient's bill is then adjusted depending on the discount they qualify for. This discount is available through the Sliding Fee Scale program in which we reduced our fees to eligible patients based on family income. In 2010 we provided $272,499 in reduced fees to 635 uninsured or underinsured patients. With annual support from our Federal operating grant, ISHC provided
approximately $215,043 in 2010 in uncompensated care.
Patient Centered Medical Home
ISHC uses the health care team model that includes an internal medicine physician, family practitioner, physician assistants, a licensed independent clinical social worker, and nursing staff that are all genuinely committed to providing you with excellent health care. ISHC also has a care management team, an outreach department, and a dedicated administrative staff that bridge the gap between patient and provider.
The Patient Centered Medical Home is a care delivery model whereby patient treatment is coordinated through their primary care physician to ensure they receive the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand.
The objective is to have a centralized setting that facilitates partnerships
between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
-American College of Physicians
Still confused? Check out this great video for an intro to PCMH:
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health. -U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Key Features of the Affordable Care Act By Year:
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond. Use the links below to learn about what’s changing and when:
OVERVIEW OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW
2010: A new Patient's Bill of Rights goes into effect,
protecting consumers from the worst abuses of the insurance industry. Cost-free preventive services begin for many Americans.
See More 2010 Changes.
2011: People with Medicare can get key preventive services for free, and also receive a 50% discount on brand-name drugs in the Medicare “donut hole.”
See More 2011 Changes.
2012: Accountable Care Organizations and other programs help doctors and health care providers work together to deliver better care.
See More 2012 Changes.
2013: Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1st.
See More 2013 Changes.
2014: All Americans will have access to affordable health insurance options. The Marketplace will allow individuals and small businesses to compare health plans on a level playing field. Middle and low-income families will get tax credits that cover a significant portion of the cost of coverage. And the Medicaid program will be expanded to cover more low-income Americans. All together, these reforms mean that millions of people who were previously uninsured will gain coverage, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
See More 2014 Changes.
Learn more on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website: