09.24.19

Health Collaborative connects vulnerable adults to specialty care



The Boulder County Health Improvement Collaborative (BCHIC), an initiative of your Community Foundation, is working to improve access to specialty care for Medicaid and uninsured patients countywide – from recruiting medical specialists willing to treat Medicaid and uninsured patients, to streamlining a referral system for providers and care coordinators.

“The response we’ve seen from the community of local providers stepping up to provide care has been inspiring,” says Morgan Rogers McMillan, BCHIC Project Manager through June 2019. “We hope to enable 500 community members to access medically necessary care in 2019.” Indeed, the spectrum of specialty care currently offered by BCHIC includes allergy and asthma, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, and urology.

Orthopedics, endocrinology, and dermatology have been the highest demand specialties by participating primary care providers. BCHIC each month currently offers 16 orthopedic patient slots and 28 dermatology slots.

“A 57-year-old patient of ours needed to be seen by a dermatologist for a lip lesion,” says Jeff Raikes, Clinic Operations Director, Clinica Family Health. “While dermatology specialists are challenging to refer to, we were able to get this patient seen by Boulder Valley Center for Dermatology – a BCHIC participant – within a week of being seen by her primary care physician. Without the BCHIC referral hub, this patient had no other options.

”Additionally, BCHIC’s community-owned, scalable, online platform to expand access to care for adults covered by Medicaid and for those who remain uninsured is “nationally innovative and incredibly simple,” says McMillan.

BCHIC was selected by Kaiser Colorado to participate in a statewide cohort working to expand access to specialty care. Adds McMillan, “Together, we’re exploring the potential of adding eConsults – or remote access to care – to further increase the ability of low-income patients to connect with care."

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by Sabine Kortals Stein