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Value Advocacy Project: Patient Centered Medical Homes and Supportive Housing

September 30, 2015

by Elizabeth Lurwick; Outreach and Enrollment Specialist

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is teaming up with Project H.O.M.E and the Pennsylvania Health Law Project to address the rising costs among high utilizers in Medicaid through coordinated care in patient-centered medical homes and by providing supportive housing services. We have the great opportunity of doing so because of the grant funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  

Patient-centered medical homes are best described as a model of primary care that puts the patient at the center of the care team. It’s comprehensive, team-based, accessible, and focuses on quality of care.

Supportive housing services is a combination of housing and services intended as a cost-effective way for people to live healthier and more stable lives. Lack of coordinated care and access to services that promote health causes the underserved populations to turn to costlier forms of treatment instead of continuing the correct path of treatment for chronic conditions. 

The success of this project would include a number of goals being completed, which include the following:  

1) engaging the existing consumer advocacy community in systems transformation;

2) raising awareness among the public, policymakers and other decisionmakers about the need for system transformation;

3) engaging new stakeholders including providers, issuers, housing advocates, and criminal justice professionals;

4) building a base of confident and engaged consumers in system reform advocacy; and

5) working with policy makers to insure the consumer voice is included in system reform discussions. 

PHAN is excited to be partnering with Project H.O.M.E and the Pennsylvania Health Law Project on this 18 month journey. 

Elizabeth Lurwick is an outreach and enrollment specialist for PHAN.