Strengthening the Regional Health Care Safety Net-Introduction & Background.


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  • It’s important to note here that we recognize that a lot of what we do to plan for and improve the safety net will happen at a local level, there are areas in which a more regional approach can help make the system more efficient. For example, at the Summit, stakeholders agreed that we needed a regaional referral network so that residents could be linked between primary care and specialty services in a more efficient manner, no matter where they live. Today’s presentation can help us think about how we can do the great work we do and begin to work across traditional county lines.
  • Recommendations drafted based on research and “expert” discussion in the region, as well as “best practice” models studied from around the country
  • Strengthening the Regional Health Care Safety Net-Introduction & Background.

    1. 1. Strengthening the Regional Health Care Safety Net Introduction and Background Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Sept. 2009
    2. 2. Health & Medicine’s Regional Health Care Safety Net Initiative <ul><li>Began in 2006 as a “process of policy analysis and development of comprehensive solutions to strengthen the health care safety net across the 7 counties in northern Illinois” </li></ul><ul><li>Models the 1990 Chicago/Cook County Health Summit, but addresses new and intensified problems across the region </li></ul>
    3. 3. What do we mean by “health care safety net”? <ul><li>Providers that … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>organize and deliver a significant level of health care and other related services… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable populations (IOM), as well as other population-based health services. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. The 7 County Region of Northern Illinois <ul><li>Counties of… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cook </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DuPage </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kane </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kendall </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>McHenry </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lake </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Will </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Health & Medicine’s Regional Health Care Safety Net Initiative <ul><li>Convened initial meeting in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Created 6 workgroups: Personal Health Services, Data & Demographics, Governance, Finance, Health Equity and Population-based services, and Workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Led by a Steering Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Assembled county profiles/data </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted Key Informant Interviews </li></ul>
    6. 6. Health & Medicine’s Regional Health Care Safety Net Initiative <ul><li>Developed Problem Statements </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Summit Meeting, Nov. 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewed Problem Statements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritized Work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drafted Preliminary Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Created Summit Planning Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Summit, June 2009 </li></ul>
    7. 7. Regional Health Safety Net Summit <ul><li>Co-hosted with U.S. HRSA, Region V </li></ul><ul><li>160 Attendees </li></ul><ul><li>Groups reviewed, modified, added to, and endorsed the recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Many willing to take active role in moving recommendations to action </li></ul><ul><li>Many signed-on to call for greater leadership and resources in this effort </li></ul>
    8. 8. Regional Health Safety Net Summit <ul><li>Key priorities discussed at Summit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a regional data sharing and information exchange program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop regional referral network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find new financing schemes to fund safety net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure health safety net services are comprehensive (include dental, mental, vision health, and pharmaceuticals) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruit and retain a more diverse workforce that covers areas of need throughout region </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Health & Medicine’s Next Steps <ul><li>Share results of summit (see packet) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Policy Paper, calling for a “regional health care safety net enabling mechanism” </li></ul><ul><li>Solicit funding for the “enabling mechanism” and other safety net work </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach for political leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage stakeholder action around safety net recommendations (today’s meeting) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Today’s Meeting <ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase awareness of programs that work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase understanding of the process of building collaborative programs across boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase networking opportunities for safety net providers, researchers, planners, and leaders across the region </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uses Palmetto Project in South Carolina as an example of effective efforts to strengthen the health care safety net across boundaries </li></ul>