Goal: Every District resident has access to affordable, person-centered, and quality health care services in an appropriate setting.
Strategy Description: Although DC residents enjoy higher health insurance coverage levels compared to the nation, there are still barriers to receiving health services that disproportionately affect certain residents, regardless of coverage. AHS-1 Implement and test an integrated clinical network to improve care by transferring chronically ill patients who rely on emergency room visits for health care to patient-centered medical homes. AHS-2 Improve care coordination (e.g. behavioral health and dental health integrated into primary care).
Level of Change: Policy
Primary Focus Area: Public Health and Healthcare Systems
Data Category Tag: Access to Health Care
Estimated Implementation Date: 2010-04-01
Estimated Completion Date: 2020-01-01
Estimated Ease of Implementation: Very Hard
Estimated Cost of Implementation: Moderate
Potential Community Benefit: Very High
Research: Access to health services can be measured by factors such as ability to pay, location of facilities and services, hours of operation, physical, and cultural barriers, and the time it takes to receive services.