Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Introduces Motion to Ensure County Clinic Funds are Fairly Distributed

 

In an effort to ensure that health care funds are equitably distributed throughout

Los Angeles County, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday agreed to carefully study

how the County is spending new monies going to the private low cost clinics that

treat hundreds of thousands of County patients.

 

In approving a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the board directed

Chief Executive Officer Bill T. Fujioka and the director of the Department of

Health Services Mitchell Katz to conduct a study on which geographic areas are

not getting their fair share of new federal dollars that are intended to help the

County can get ready for health reform.

 

In a letter to each Supervisor before Tuesday’s vote Supervisor Ridley-Thomas

made the case for the study, noting that in several areas of the County —

particularly South Los Angeles – County health dollars clearly are not being

equitably distributed and as a consequence there is a concomitant incidence of

preventable hospitalizations. With national healthcare reform imminent and

uncertainty as to how its implementation will affect County clinics, a study of

existing practices is timely. The Supervisor wrote:

 

“The Community Partner Clinics provide cost-effective, life-saving primary care

services countywide to our sick and low-income residents – many of whom

experience chronic diseases that could become life-threatening and expensive to

address if not treated and controlled.  Recent OSHPD data shows that many Los

Angeles County residents experience avoidable hospitalization because they

cannot get adequate access to primary care services – especially in South Los

Angeles.

 

We know scarce County funds are not equitably distributed according to the

allocation formula that this Board adopted and has been using, with only modest

changes, since 2000. A few years ago, the board recognized this problem by

funding the Community Clinic Expansion Program, but those funds only partially

addressed the imbalance. Furthermore, the CCEP dollars expire at the end of

next year.

 

Two options exist to address this problem. Either this Board, on the eve of health

reform implementation, must somehow identify new county funds to address the

problem, or this Board must thoughtfully consider options to distribute existing

resources in a way that would not disrupt patient care or diminish the funds

historically going to the community clinic partners.

 

Time is of the essence. The County is about to enter into new contracts with

community clinics to implement the new, federally-funded Healthy Way LA

(HWLA) waiver. These contracts are unprecedented in their scope, approach and

potential impact and must be carefully monitored. The contracts represent the

County’s last chance to bridge its comm8nity partner clinic system to health

reform in January 2014.”

 

A 2008 study indicated that while underserved areas can be found throughout

the county, certain geographic areas of the county are more underserved than

others.  To counter this geographic disparity the Board approved $44.8 million for

 

a Community Clinic Expansion Program (CCEP), one time funds to meet the

health care needs of these underfunded areas.  These CCEP funds will be

expiring at the end of the next fiscal year.

 

“This motion will help us ease the disparity between well-to-do and poorer areas

of the region, said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.”We want to be sure that each

district has adequate resources for its residents to receive optimal health care.”

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Invites You to a Community Meeting: The Future of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Where: Victoria Community Regional Park 419 E 192nd St, Carson, CA 90746
Date: June 22, 2011
Time: 5:30pm–7:30pm
Join Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for a community meeting to learn about the County’s master planning efforts on the campus of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Provide your thoughts on topics including what uses might be added to the site to promote health and wellness, ease of access and parking, and how these various uses can further promote job creation, neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Your feedback is critical to developing a plan that meets the needs of our community. The meeting will also include an update on current campus projects.
Phone: 626.300.2363
Email: cnash@dpw.lacounty.gov
Price: FREE

Ron Artest visits Jefferson High in LA with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas & Dr. Southard

Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers’ visit Jefferson High School in Los Angeles with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Dr. Marvin Southard to bring awareness to issues of mental health.

MLK Medical Center Project Labor Agreement Authorized by the Board of Supervisors

After six months of negotiations, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a project labor agreement for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Ambulatory Care Center, the first such agreement for a County construction project.

This agreement ensures that local residents have first priority when contractors select workers for construction of the ambulatory care center. Residents who live within a five – mile radius will be given priority at the time of hiring, and County residents in zip codes where unemployment exceeds 150% of the county average also will now have special access to jobs. Another component of the local worker project is job opportunities for low-income disadvantaged workers, such as those who are homeless, are high school drop-outs or single custodial parents.

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Public Private Partnership Clinics Funding Opportunities

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants to alert you to a new one-time opportunity to receive a portion of $45 Million in County funds. Please be advised that applications are being accepted to expand free and low cost clinical services in underserved areas. Over $45 Million in one-time funds will be made available to assist clinics in providing much needed financial assistance to our underserved Service Planning Areas. In particular, clinics serving South Los Angeles, Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Valley, East Los Angeles, the South Bay and San Fernando Valley are eligible for these funds.

Information has been posted by the Department of Health Services (DHS) for Request for Applications (RFAs) about this funding opportunity. In addition, please note that the Eligible Applicants Conference is scheduled for April 13, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Health Services Administration, 313 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; auditorium. DHS strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend the Eligible Applicants Conference as this will be your last opportunity to ask questions.

All on-line questions must be submitted to mapodaca@dhs.lacounty.gov with the subject line: RFA Clinic Capacity Expansion Project Q/A. All responses will be posted on the Office of Ambulatory Care’s website at http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/AmbulatoryCare no later than 5:00 p.m., April 17, 2009.

Please note that an information guide has been enclosed for your review or you can review the full version at the Office of Ambulatory Care’s website: http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/AmbulatoryCare or http://camisvr.co.la.ca.us/lacobids.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 27, 2009

You are encouraged to apply for this funding.

Also see:

Additional Funding Opportunities

You may qualify for additional funding opportunities through:

Important Dates

Clinic Capacity Expansion Project

  • April 13, 2009: Eligible Applicants Conference taking place at the Department of Health Services from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • April 17, 2009: All on-line questions must be submitted to mapodaca@dhs.lacounty.gov no later than 5:00 p.m.
  • May 27, 2009 All Clinic Capacity Expansion Project applications must be submitted.

The California Endowment – Building Healthy Communities

  • May 1, 2009: Proposal Deadline no later than 5:00 p.m.

LA Care’s Tranquada II Initiative

  • March 27, 2009: LOI Application due no later than 5:00 p.m.
  • April 20, 2009: Full Application due no later than 5:00 p.m.