Our Health Model
We are passionate about access to healthcare, with quality results
Founded in September of 1999, we built a model that provided healthcare coverage to low income, uninsured individuals in a small group market. The model balanced partnerships between consumers (community members like YOU), doctors, businesses, health advocacy groups and civic organizations (local do-gooders improving our neighborhoods). We work closely with the community to provide a bottom-up, financially-sound health coverage model.
Since 2003, we’ve been working hard on these three goals:
- Improved health quality
- Improved healthcare delivery
- Lower health costs
Since 1999, the cost of coverage through Access Health has increased less than 1% per year.
Our Continuous Health Improvement (CHI) process identifies and manages health risks among members and incentivizes them to engage in health improvement activities. In short, our programs help individuals reach realistic goals toward improved health, which results in lower costs. In addition, our multi-share financing arrangement combines resources from community stakeholders with a vested interest in community health – including hospitals, businesses, and members – to sustain coverage affordability.
We have demonstrated how a multi-share, community-styled Accountable Care Organization can succeed. We strive to serve as an example for other communities and policy makers seeking sustainable solutions to the health policy problem of affordability.
What is a Community-Sponsored Multi-Share?
Community-sponsored multi-share can be characterized as highly-coordinated care among providers, hospitals, and other care organizations, integrated with community resources to meet the triple aims of better care, better health, and lower cost. Simply described, we work as a team to improve outcomes and save money.
Through the C3 multi-share, we foster:
An integrated provider delivery system
- Collaboration of community health and financial resources
- Transparency of data and technology systems
- Enhanced population health management
Replication of Access Health’s Community Multi-share Model
Our model works. It helps more people get access to the healthcare they need. Why would we keep to ourselves? We are ready to replicate.
In recent years, several communities have attempted to replicate the Access Health C3 program, though few communities have succeeded. While changes in healthcare stemming from the Affordable Care Act played a large part in the demise of similar programs, the failure to implement a population health improvement program ensured they could not survive as affordable minimum essential coverage for uninsured.
The secret to keeping costs low is keeping your community healthy. Unhealthy behaviors are the primary cost drivers and quality of life determinants for healthcare today. The CHI program identifies risks and targets the appropriate resources to manage these risks. Health risk management through CHI — integrated with technology, community resources, and providers — is the key to achieving the triple aims and controlled healthcare costs.