Center News: Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, Improving Care Through Collaboration
Posted May 04 2011 12:21am
The Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition is now in its second year and continues to pursue cooperative projects to improve health care for the most vulnerable in the Greater Newark area. Professor John Jacobi serves as the Coalition’s board chair. Other members include a range of health providers, consumer groups, and government agencies. The projects include
Case management of frequent utilizers of hospital emergency departments. These very fragile patients will benefit from a sophisticated evaluation of their needs and referral to appropriate community placements. Professor Jacobi and Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law Kate Greenwood are working with clinicians on this project, and will produce analysis supporting a reconfiguration of health care funding to both improve care and reduce costs.
Improved prenatal care. The Newark area has a disproportionate number of mothers with poor access to prenatal care.The Coalition is working to bring together various organizations to improve prenatal care.
Preparing physicians for new practice models. Accountable care organizations and patient- centered medical homes require the increased adoption of technology and physician practice patterns that mesh with demands for quality and efficiency. The Coalition will conduct training sessions for area physicians.
The Center’s faculty and students are engaged and committed to lending expert support to the Coalition through legislative and regulatory advocacy and policy development, believing that the fruits of health reform will reach the most vulnerable only if providers, advocates, and regulators work together in cities like Newark.