The study, “Improving Health Care Access for Low-Income People: Lessons from Ascension Health’s Community Collaboratives,” can be accessed at http://hschange.org/CONTENT/1218/ and was published in the July 7 edition of Health Affairs. It examined seven communities, including
Rensselaer Cares is a prescription drug assistance program that helps patients obtain free or low-cost medication directly from pharmaceutical companies. In 2010, the program enrolled 976 new patients and helped them obtain 3,627 prescriptions with a retail value of over $1 million. The program began in January 2007 and since its inception, has helped nearly 3,500 uninsured and underinsured clients acquire 13,200 prescriptions with a retail value of almost $6.2 million. Partners in Rensselaer Cares include Seton Health/St. Mary’s Hospital; Medical Society of the
“We are proud of the work we have done together to improve care for the most vulnerable people in
The study was authored by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nation’s changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. “National health reform places considerable attention on community efforts to improve the integration and coordination of care for low-income people, and the study findings indicate that collaborative safety net approaches can help improve access and reduce unnecessary care,” said HSC President Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D. and coauthor of the study with Laurie E. Felland, M.A., HSC director of qualitative research and Gretchen M. Kishbauch, a former HSC research assistant.
Seton Health is part of Ascension Health, which provided leadership and resources in each community to initiate the work towards meeting the mutual goals of 100% access and 100% coverage.
To gather data for the study, researchers visited seven communities, including spending a two-day site visit in
The five-step model encompasses the following aims:
For more information on Rensselaer Cares, contact Melissa Zapotocki at (518) 268-6442.