Independence Blue Cross Foundation commits $1.5 million to improve access to primary care

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) has committed $1.5 million in grants over the next three years to meet the increased demand for access to primary care and improve models of care in regional safety net health centers.Increase access to care through technology or other servicesTo eliminate barriers to care, some health centers want to extend hours of operation, add language interpretation services,To support remote care, health centers want to explore telehealth or mobile services.
 
Implement new models to improve care coordinationClinics are interested in addressing the underlying causes of poor health or integrating behavioral health into primary care.More than half of the Blue Safety Net grantees would use special project funding from the Foundation to support integration of behavioral health services.Of the Blue Safety Net grantees, 30 percent are part of a health information exchange (HIE). Of those not already part of an HIE, 32 percent are interested in joining an HIE in the future, and 26 percent currently have the organizational capacity to join an HIE.The $1.5 million in Foundation grants will fund specific projects over the next three years for health centers. Such projects include helping organizations create a truly collaborative and healing environment that improves efficacy in the treatment of traumatized individuals. Other projects could include the use of technology through telemedicine to increase access to health services.Securing the Blue Safety Net: Supporting private, nonprofit community health centers that increase access to quality, affordable healthcare in medically underserved areas.Bolstering the Health Care Workforce: Strengthening the nursing, primary care, and allied health workforce through education, career development, and research.Addressing Health Priorities: Collaborating with wellness partners to tackle the region’s most pressing health challenges; currently combating the obesity epidemic through the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Healthy Futures Initiative.Building Healthier Communities: Partnering with community leaders and programs to address community health and wellness needs.Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter and Instagram at @ibxfdn.Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
Ruth.stoolman@ibx.com
215-241-4807 (office)
215-667-9537 (cell)

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