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Can Community Health Centers Fulfill Social Needs?

Posted Apr 02 2012 12:00am
The healthcare industry is placing more importance and emphasis on patient engagement, according to new study from the Institute for Alternative Futures. Specifically, community health centers are increasing clinical care which serve mostly low-income people.

While there has been lots of attention placed on healthcare revenue cycle management improvement, quality of care cannot be neglected. In fact, community health centers play important part of the social, economic, and environmental health of communities, as well as individual health.

A recent news report, entitled “Community Health Centers Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health," closely reviewed the non-clinical work of Community Health Centers in order to place further emphasis on their value to the overall growth and integrity of communities. The study highlighted in this report a wide range of factors such as youth development, family and social support, and availablity of healthy foods, adult education, and employment.

What the study results revealed is that while many physicians recognize the importance of the patient’s community and social conditions, they do not feel confident that they can adequately address social needs that are present across the community, especially due to the lack of a revenue cycle management solution that can financially meet these additional needs.

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