Between 2000 and 2004, the Indigent Care Collaboration (collaboration), a network of safety-net health care providers and insurers in the Austin, Texas, region, launched several initiatives to improve health care for low-income residents:
- An integrated system that screens patients for both public and private health programs.
- An online database of patient demographic and treatment information.
- A program under which physicians provide free care.
- A program allowing health care providers to purchase pharmaceuticals at reduced prices.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Communities in Charge: Financing and Delivering Health Care to the Uninsured.
- Created I-Care, a central Master Patient Index/Clinical Data Repository to store health information on patients served by collaboration members.
- Increased enrollment in existing local health care programs.
- Established a bank of 850 physicians who volunteer their time.
- Created a local health care financing district.
Medimetrix, a for-profit health consulting firm located in Cleveland, was the national program office, and provided both group and site-specific technical assistance throughout the program.
Communities in Charge Project Results
Individual project results from the RWJF national program, Communities in Charge: Financing and Delivering Health Care to the UninsuredRead the Program Results for Communities in Charge
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