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Healthcare Services: Underinsured and Uninsured?

How are health care organizations that are providing services to the underinsured and uninsured population continuing to provide the services and address the impact of serving this population on the financial viability of the organization?

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1. How are health care organizations that are providing services to the underinsured and uninsured population continuing to provide the services and address the impact of serving this population on the financial viability of the organization?

This is linked to what is referred to a safety net of providers and institutions. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) are federally supported, non-profit, tax exempt, or public facilities in medically underserved areas, or which serve a medically underserved population (http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/310668_DP03-02.pdf, p. 3).

Indeed, ample evidence show that safety net providers primarily serve disadvantaged populations, and that changes in health care markets and high uninsurance rates threaten the viability of these safety net providers (Spillman, Zuckerman, & Garrett, 2003). Spillman and colleagues have some interesting findings (see discussion section, p. 17 at http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/310668_DP03-02.pdf, which is also attached for convenience, and because sometimes articles are no longer available on-line). The safety net funding for providing services to the underinsured and uninsured population ...

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This solution describes how health care organizations that are providing services to the underinsured and uninsured population can still continue to provide the services and address the impact of serving this population on the financial viability of the organization. Supplemented with a related article for further research.

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