Reducing the Complexity of Health Care Access: Models of Care Coordination

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News Article

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Maryland Family Doctor


Volume 44


Primary Care; Community Health Centers; Quality improvement


Providing the highest quality care of care can be a challenge in any practice, but the hurdles are often greater for practices in medically underserved communities (MUC). There are clinician level factors, health system level factors and patient level factors that contribute to the overall quality of care and the ultimate health outcomes. Federally qualified health centers and other community based health services (HC) operating in MUCs have developed various ways to overcome these multi-level challenges. Here we examine two examples of efforts to improve access and quality of care: Community Oriented Primary Care and the Health Disparities Collaboratives.