Health Center News

California Health Center Dispatches Mobile Medical Units in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Health centers are used to lending a helping hand – both as a source of primary health care to people in their communities and wherever else they’re needed in times of emergency. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Clinica Sierra Vista (CSV), in Bakersfield, CA, stayed true to that mission.  The health center dispatched two 44-foot-long …

NACHC Events

The NACHC 2017 CHI Draws to a Close

The NACHC 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO is winding down in sunny San Diego. Despite a late night at the Uncorked and Uncapped Live party, education sessions started early at 8:30 am.  Attendees hastily finished their fill-in-the-blank poster scavenger hunt forms to win prizes.  And, speaking of the poster sessions,  there were over 70 poster presentations, …

NACHC Events

Update from the 2017 NACHC CHI in San Diego

Today’s General Session at the NACHC 2017 CHI and EXPO gave attendees a much needed dose of spiritual and musical nourishment. Internationally known graffiti artist and author Erik Wahl gave a special presentation that challenged health center leaders to live a new normal of disruption (referring to himself as a disruptive strategist). Wahl uses a multimedia experience to drive home his …

NACHC Events

The 2017 NACHC Community Health Institute & EXPO is Underway!

The NACHC 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO kicked off yesterday in San Diego and so far it’s been a whirlwind of activity.  The EXPO hall is open for business and already the crowds are meandering along the endless aisles of vendor booths. Scores of attendees have arrived to participate in committee meetings, pre-conference trainings, and …

Health Center State Policy

States Work to Stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

By Erin Sheehan and Kersten Burns Lausch As states continue to see rising premiums and fleeing insurers in their individual insurance marketplaces, a number are looking to the new Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver option to make reforms and increase stability in the marketplaces. What is a 1332 Waiver? Created by Section 1332 of the …

Health Care News

Partnering with Hospitals to Reduce Avoidable Emergency Visits

Roughly 13 to 27 percent of visits to the emergency department (ED) could be managed in a primary care setting, and the average non-emergency visit to the ED costs seven times more than the average health center visit. In the emerging landscape of value-based care, health centers and hospitals are exploring new partnerships to improve …

NACHC Events

Calling All Young Professionals!

The excitement is building for the Young Professional Leadership Exchange Track at this year’s Community Health Institute (CHI)! With less than three weeks to go, the CHI is gearing up to be a well-attended conference in beautiful San Diego – home of the Padres and a very famous line from Anchorman. This year’s Young Professional programming …

Health Center Federal Policy

The Twists and Turns of the Senate Health Care Debate

Yesterday was a roller coaster of a day on Capitol Hill, as the Senate began debate on its version (or perhaps more accurately, versions) of health care legislation. So that advocates are able to remain up to speed, our team wanted to summarize what’s taken place so far and where we stand in the Senate. We’ll aim …

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Michigan Health Center Leader Gets the Spotlight for Reducing Unnecessary ER Visits

Patty Wagenhofer-Rucker wasn’t looking for any special recognition when she began her work as Integrated Health Director at Genesee Community Health Center in Flint, MI, but that’s what happened anyway.   Her work at the health center has reduced unnecessary hospital emergency room visits by 80 percent in the past three years, which caught the notice of …

Health Center Federal Policy

Senate Leaders Release a New Version of the BCRA

By Jennifer Taylor, Deputy Director, Federal Affairs Yesterday, Senate Republican Leadership released an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We laid out the details of the original Senate draft in our previous analysis, so we won’t go through all of the bill’s provisions here. Instead we wanted to highlight key changes in the latest version, and give you an idea of what …