National Journal Forum on Health Care Access in America
This morning, CHAP attended a forum, hosted by The National Journal and CVS Health, which discussed the recent changes to the U.S. Health Care system as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid expansion. During this discussion representatives from major organizations including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Public Health Association (APHA), discussed the importance of finding cost effective ways to provide care and services to communities across the country.
Part of this effort to improve care is to increase access, as well as monitoring of patients with chronic conditions. While more Americans are covered by insurance, they are still finding it difficult to navigate the complex health care system to gain access to the care they need. Through community outreach and education, organizations are helping to bridge the gap for underserved communities.
An increase in technology has also helped to increase access to care. Pharmacies are now able to connect with patients via text, phone or email, providing reminders to take medication, or schedule appointments. Additionally, there are more resources to consult pharmacists, and other medical professionals with questions regarding an illness or chronic condition. Pharmacies are also adapting to provide more services to homebound patients including delivery and home visits.
At CHAP, we strive to help both our providers, and their patients to navigate the health care system. It is our goal to ensure that there is not only an increase in access to care, but an increase to quality as well.