NEW Publication Now Available from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Free to Fee-Based? Issues to Consider for Georgia Charitable Clinics
Recently the Healthcare Georgia Foundation engaged Mark Cruise, a well-regarded charitable clinic consultant, to author a brief on the topic of Free to Fee-Based—Issues to Consider for Georgia’s Charitable Clinics.
In the paper’s introduction, Cruise states “despite continuing misperceptions that healthcare reform reduces the need for safety net providers, many charitable clinics today actually face increasing demand for their services yet downward pressure on their sources of funding and support. As a result, a number of charitable clinics – most of which have been completely free to patients up until now – are beginning to consider the implementation of patient fees. The purpose of the brief is to shine a light on this emerging development and to provide practical information and guidance for clinic decision-makers.”
“The topic of whether and how charitable clinics that have been free should consider converting to a fee-based model was one of the featured breakout sessions facilitated by the author at a conference sponsored by the Georgia Charitable Care Network on July 26, 2013 entitled ‘Safety Net Innovations: Future Business Model Options for Free and Charitable Clinics.’ This particular session received high marks from attendees, and the heightened interest in the topic prompted the Foundation to commission the paper.”
The publication is now available here.
GCCN presented a webinar on the topic. It can be viewed on demand here. GCCN is able to provide a series of webinars through generous support from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, and their HealthTecdl program.
About the Georgia Charitable Care Network
Providers of charitable care are uniquely benevolent. When GCCN was founded in 2003 as the Georgia Free Clinic Network, the leaders envisioned a network of compassionate care givers brought together to create a voice more powerful than could be realized in a local community, which ultimately would create a high performing safety net in Georgia. GCCN advocates on behalf of its members on all issues affecting them. We provide timely networking opportunities. We work with communities interested in starting a clinic. We solicit funding sources to distribute to members. We connect donated medications and goods between the donors and clinics. We investigate new technology issues, such as the most effective software for clinic needs. We conduct conferences and meetings for clinic staff and volunteers—all to help our members serve their patients in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Charity Clinics Part of Serving the Uninsured
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution
In the early days of our nation’s history, the Founding Fathers wrote a constitution and created a system of government with limited powers. The poor would be cared for by charities or religious organizations — groups established as safety nets for those in need.
Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace Runs from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.
A NEW Brochure for Patients of Free and Charitable Clinics
I am Uninsured. How Does the Healthcare Law Apply to Me?
The Good News Clinics in Gainesville, GA received a grant to develop, print, and distribute a brochure on the Healthcare Marketplace for patients of free and charity clinics in Georgia, and across the country. Through the Georgia Charitable Care Network, it is available to download. The template will allow you to add any relevant local information or resources.