Community Care Clinics
The number of patients treated at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FHQCs) has skyrocketed from 23M patients in 2013 to a projected 40M patients in 2015. In addition to this increased demand, FQHCs serve a disproportionate number
of patients with costly chronic conditions. Hypertension, Diabetes and Asthma are the most common chronic illnesses seen at health centers, costing the US Health care system an estimated $400 Billion annually. Facing reduced operating margins coupled with federal requirements to see all patients regardless of their ability to pay, the complexity of serving these at-risk populations provide unique challenges for FQHC leaders. In today’s environment, advocating for and serving the needy requires both a clincally-focused and financially healthy organization.
One of the keys to achieving success lies in the development of programs that meet the evolving needs of the communities the health center serves. However, developing and deploying new programs require expanding revenue sources to create financial stability. Population health initiatives for controlling Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity and Asthma (all areas that drain the system) can help FQHCs achieve best outcomes for their patient population while generating additional reimbursement for the comprehensive services provided.
Carematix’s experience serving Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial populations has led to the development of an FQHC-focused remote monitoring solution which costs less than $1 a day. This complete solution has no hidden costs and there is no equipment to buy. Programs include WiFi BP monitors, WiFi weight scales, wireless Glucometers, cellular gateways, data plans, IVR programs and clinical dashboard. Managing chronic populations remotely and catching them before decompensation allows FQHCs to achieve:
Evelyn is an elderly woman who after suffering a heart attack was required by her doctor to record her pulse, blood pressure and weight several times a day. She then had to phone these numbers in on a daily basis to health care provider. In addition to being time consuming, this process did not always yield the most accurate results. After switching to the Carematix system, she was impressed by the efficiency and ease of use of the system. This ease of use and accessibility is what defines the Carematix advantage.