Reform of the US healthcare system has largely been impacted by the Affordable Care Act. There are new delivery and payment methods for health care services with more emphasis on accountability for quality outcomes, greater incentives for prevention and primary care, and a focus on improvements in population health. School based health centers can focus on their strengths -- integrating primary care, public health, and oral and mental health care – to take advantage of these changes. In Connecticut, SBHCs are recognized by the health insurance exchange known as Access Health CT, and certain SBHCs are eligible to become person-centered medical homes.
Through person-centered medical home programs and accountable care organizations, public and private insurers will reward primary care providers who help meet the triple aim of health reform: high quality, better outcomes, and lower costs.
The School Based Health Alliance lists five steps SBHCs can take to ensure they benefit from any new methods to generate patient revenue from these reforms:
- Measure quality
- Ensure care coordination
- Show your value
- Get paid
- Tell your story
Additional resources related to health care reform can be found at:
School Based Health Alliance: www.sbh4all.org
Access Health CT: www.accesshealthct.com
National Academy for State Health Policy: www.nashp.org