January 28, 2019

Health care access expands for low-income patients in Sacramento region

UC Davis, Sacramento County partner to increase primary, specialty care services

(SACRAMENTO)

As part of their united goal to improve access to community-based patient care, Sacramento County and UC Davis Health leaders have announced the expansion of primary care services for up to 5,000 additional Medi-Cal patients at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center located at Broadway and Stockton Boulevard. They also intend to add onsite specialty care soon.

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UC Davis Health physicians, nurse practitioners, medical residents and graduate students currently provide primary and mental health care at the center. That workforce will grow starting in February, when physicians who provide women’s health services in addition to primary care join the team. Specialists such as cardiologists, ophthalmologists and neurologists will be added as needed, with approval from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Once those specialty services are approved, the center — a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) funded by HRSA to provide care for medically underserved populations — could become a national model for delivering a broad range of high-quality health care services when, where and how patients want to receive them.

The doors of the center have always been open to anyone who needs care, regardless of health insurance status or ability to pay, according to Peter Beilenson, director of the Department of Health Services for the County of Sacramento. The state-of-the art facility, however, has been underutilized since Covered California increased access to health insurance.

Listen to David Lubarsky and Peter Beilenson discuss the new health care partnership on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" program.

At the same time, UC Davis Health has continued to seek new sites to fulfill its missions to serve the Medi-Cal population and offer health care trainees the wide array of opportunities they need to become excellent physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

“The expanded partnership is a win-win-win for Sacramento County, for UC Davis Health and, most importantly, for patients who need access to ongoing, well-coordinated and high-quality health care,” Beilenson said.

UC Davis Health has important responsibilities to meet the health care needs of the community and advance health care delivery in our region, and our partnership at Sacramento County Primary Care Center has an important role in helping us fulfill those commitments.
— David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health

Located across the street from the Sacramento campus of UC Davis at 4600 Broadway, the center will provide a conveniently-located medical home for enrollees in Health Net Community Solutions. This recently established UC Davis-Health Net program ensures health coverage and access to primary and specialty care for as many as 5,000 Medi-Cal patients. The center also provides a referral location for UC Davis Medical Center emergency room patients who need consistent follow-up care.

“As an academic medical system, UC Davis Health has important responsibilities to meet the health care needs of the community and advance health care delivery in our region, and our partnership at Sacramento County Primary Care Center has an important role in helping us fulfill those commitments,” said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health. “We are excited to work with the county to create new models for providing high-quality, affordable health services to everyone who needs them.”


UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative medical and nursing education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country’s best medical schools, a 627-bed acute-care teaching hospital, a 1,000-member physician's practice group and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The health system has partnerships with five Sacramento region FQHCs to broaden access to high-quality health services, focusing on providing continuity of care for Medi-Cal or uninsured patients. More information is at health.ucdavis.edu.


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