Understand the complexity and patient utilization patterns in FQHCs

In this episode of Managed Care Cast, Nadereh Pourat, PhD, MSPH, and Alex Sripipatana, PhD, MPH, discuss research on complexity of care and patient utilization patterns in federally licensed health centers (FQHC).

Providers treating high-need, high-cost patients may struggle to deliver effective and efficient care. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded health centers — also known as Federally Qualified Health Canters or FQHCs — provide care to nearly 30 million Americans, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured.

Because data on the complexity and utilization patterns of these patients are limited, researchers set out to better define these patient populations using information from the 2014 Health Center Patient Survey.

In this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Nadereh Pourat, PhD, MSPH, Associate Director of the Center and Director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and Alex Sripipatana , PhD, MPH, Director of Data and Evaluation Division at HRSA. Pourat, Sripipatant and colleagues recently published the HRSA-funded study “Intersection of Complexity and High Utilization among health center patients Aged 18 to 64” in The American Journal of Managed Care®.

HRSA oversees the health research program and works to identify opportunities to better support this program’s mission of providing access to high-quality, cost-effective care to historically medically underserved communities. This work is part of the administration’s objective to improve the quality and performance of health centres. Other health center research articles are available on HRSA’s Health Center Research and Evaluation webpage.

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Sharon D. Cole