Mile high specialty care network
The Mile High Specialty Care Network is a matchmaker among primary care and specialty care physicians to meet the growing specialty care waiting lists for Medicaid patients who need it in order to participate fully in work, school, and community.
One-in-three Denver residents are insured through Medicaid, but there aren’t anywhere near enough physician specialists who will accept these patients. In just one year, one safety net clinic alone came up 50,000 specialty care referrals short –patients who didn’t get the care they urgently needed, even though they had insurance.
- Takes burden off doctor’s offices because MHHA takes over as point of contact
- Balances demand/track and assign appointments in real time
- Increases overall capacity/availability of appointments
If every specialist saw only two Medicaid patients per month, we would solve the problem of Denver residents going without care, impacting our community and economy.
Selected to be part of a new Kaiser Permanente ASCENT (Access to Specialty Care Engagement Network) cohort of organizations tackling this problem, the Mile High Specialty Care Network will design a system to connect specialty care programs in most of the Front Range and central mountain region, including virtual and technological solutions like e-consults or online referral networks. To find out more, please contact Vicente Cardona at Vicente@milehighhealthalliance.org and/or (720) 370-8166.
INTEGRATED PHYSICAL AND BEHAVIORAL CARE
EFFICIENT/AFFORDABLE HEALTH SYSTEM USE
Tracking Immigrant Health. After MHHA members noticed an abrupt decrease in people from the immigrant and refugee communities accessing care at their clinics, we surveyed them and found an average 20% drop-off. These clearly are people now going without needed health care. Now we’re convening small groups of people from those communities to explore the problem and develop solutions for our members to implement
Ensuring Safe & Healthy Housing. Recognizing that patients’ health suffers when they’re living in unsafe housing, MHHA brought together healthcare providers and legal experts to plan a pilot program to screen patients at several clinics for housing insecurity and safety problems. Made up of Denver Public Health, Denver Health and Hospitals clinics, DU Student Law School Clinic, Colorado Poverty Law Center and Colorado Legal Services is an intentional effort to improve housing conditions and prevent unfair evictions so patients can achieve and maintain better health. In the pilot’s first three months, the legal-health partnership screened 160 individuals in the first three months – and made 12 referrals to legal help to ensure safe housing