When you don’t have the money to pay the bills, how do you pay for health care?
Posted On July 13, 2021
Health care professionals in Colorado and Washington have begun to look to their nonprofit networks to cover the gap in medical care costs.
This week, the Association of American Medical Colleges, or AMA, announced a $500 million grant to support health care network health care partnerships.
The alliance will be led by the National Association of Medical Colleges (NAMC), which represents more than 500,000 medical schools across the country.
The consortium includes medical schools and hospitals that have network-wide relationships with the American Health Care Association (AHCA), a nonprofit trade group representing a large portion of the nation’s health care industry.
“We need to create more health care networks and health care providers that are truly accountable, collaborative and transparent,” AMA President Jonathan Wexler told Bloomberg.
“These are the kind of things that are most likely to make health care more accessible, more affordable and better for patients.”
The group said the funding would help provide a new model for health networks and a path to a more equitable health care system.
The AHCA and the network will be partnering on several projects, including: Creating and coordinating networks that are based on geographic, health status and geographic geographic geography to address a patient’s unique needs.
Supporting local network health plans that meet the needs of each geographic region.
Increasing the use of network health providers in underserved areas.
Building the capacity of the network by leveraging existing network resources.
The network will provide patient-centric care through a collaborative approach to health care.
“The health care systems in the U.S. have become fragmented and fragmented, and it’s not really an ideal place to have a system of care that can deliver care in the most cost effective way,” AMA Executive Director Dr. Peter M. DeAngelis told Bloomberg, referring to the fragmented health care sector.
“There are a lot of different ways to do it.”
This isn’t the first time the AMA has worked to address health care disparities.
In 2015, the group led a national task force to improve access to care for people living with chronic illnesses, including a plan to build more patient-centered health care centers and services to address the need for community health care and quality-of-care programs.