Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced $35.7 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 147 health centers in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to support patient-centered medical homes through new construction and facility renovations, according to an HHS news release.
Health centers provide access to quality healthcare for millions of Americans regardless of their ability to pay, Burwell said in the release. Were making these investments so that health centers will be able to provide even higher quality services to the patients that rely upon them.
The patient-centered medical home delivery model is designed to improve quality of care through team-based coordination of care, treating the many needs of the patient at once, increasing access to care, and empowering the patient to be a partner in their own care. Todays awards will support 21 new construction projects and 126 alteration and renovation projects at health centers across the United States as they work to improve their design and expand existing structures to better support team-based care, Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, administrator of HHS Health Resources and Services Administration, said.
Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have increased the total number of patients served on an annual basis by nearly 5 million people, increasing the number of patients served from 17.1 million to 21.7 million in 2013, 62% of whom are members of ethnic and minority groups, 35% have no health insurance and 32% are children. One out of every 15 people living in the U.S. relies on an HRSA‐funded clinic for primary care, according to an HHS fact sheet.
For a list of awardees, visit: www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2014tables/pcmh/.